In what must be a move to help support America’s economy and employment ratings, Apple is investing in A5 chips produced in a Samsung factory in Austin, Texas.
In the past, Cupertino has been getting the processors built in Asia: Korea and China predominantly. The 1.6 million square foot plant has been opened by Samsung, and almost exclusively builds A5 processors for Apple’s iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.
The factory should employ some 1,000 workers and represents an investment of almost $3.6 billion. It’s fantastic to see that more manufacturing is being done on American soil, as it’s one thing that Steve Jobs was passionate about – and openly told the current president that it had to be addressed.
The only thing that’s surprising in this deal is that clearly, Apple has invested money and paid Samsung for this manufacturing, despite being in a lengthy and pretty violent legal battle.
Do the two companies see the patent dispute as a separate entity? It’s almost admirable that business can resume as normal on a manufacturing side, despite the lawsuits.