By Stephen Schenck | April 12, 2013 11:37 AM
Smartphone manufacturers are no strangers to component shortages. Sometimes we’re talking about a new display that can’t be manufactured in quantities sufficient to meet demand. Other times, the shortage might be with a phone’s SoC instead – that’s certainly what we’ve heard rumored for cases like the Galaxy S 4, for instance, with not enough Exynos 5 Octas to go around. Today we’re once again looking at Samsung’s struggles with sourcing components, now that some new rumors claim that Samsung has turned to outsourcing to keep up with demand for memory chips.
Samsung is a huge manufacturer of both RAM and flash storage chips, which find homes in its own smartphones, among other products. According to Digitimes, demand for Samsung handsets is so great that the manufacturer has taken on some new suppliers in order to augment its own production capabilities.
From the sound of these reports, Samsung may use these third-party chips for other products, but Galaxy phones could still get priority for Samsung’s own in-house chips. As a result, it doesn’t sound like we should have to worry too much about Galaxy shortages, nor question whether the chips going into the company’s phones will continue to meet the same level of quality.
Still, if Samsung’s smartphone success continues to grow, we wonder what effect future demand may have on this memory situation.