Samsung Galaxy S4 to feature Wolfson audio chips after multi-year supply deal signed

Scottish semiconductor specialist Wolfson Microelectronics has inked a supply deal with mobile giant Samsung.

The agreement will see the Edinburgh-based company furnish Samsung with audio microchips for use in its smartphones and tablets, including the recently launched Galaxy S4 handset.

According to the BBC, Wolfson has put pen to paper on a "multi-year" agreement that cements its status as a "primary audio partner" of the South Korean company.

The deal is understood to run for a minimum of three years and cover "intellectual property" as well as component supply.

"This is a significant milestone for Wolfson. Having worked closely with Samsung over recent years, this agreement is a testament to our strong IP portfolio and our growing partnership," commented Wolfson chief executive Mike Hickey.

"We very much look forward to working closely together to continue to deliver exceptional audio in Samsung's smartphones and tablets," he added.

Wolfson has good cause for optimism going forward, and the Samsung deal could only be the tip of the iceberg for the Scottish audio company - the microelectronics provider is also being tipped to formally link up with Apple in the near future.

Pundits say that the Samsung agreement puts Wolfson on track to meet its market expectation of a 26 per cent revenue boost to nearly £150 million this year. Unsurprisingly, shares in Wolfson Microelectronics surged after the announcement broke.