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Intel Could Make Chips for Future iPhone and iPad

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Will Apple's iOS devices also have bits of Intel inside?

Apple and Samsung have a lot invested together, but recent legal actions between the two companies may have strained their commitment to each other.

According to the EETimes, Intel is vying for Apple's business. Apple currently relies on Samsung for the manufacturing of its A4 chips found in the iPhone, iPod and Apple TV as well as the A5 which is powering the newest iPad.

Apple won't be ditching Samsung anytime in the near future, but design and manufacturing plans for future projects are likely already in the works.

"Based on a number of inputs, we believe Intel is also vying for Apple's foundry business," said Gus Richard, an analyst with Piper Jaffray & Co. "It makes strategic sense for both companies. The combination of Apple's growing demand and market share in smart phones and tablets gives Intel a position in these markets and drives the logic volume Intel needs to stay ahead in manufacturing."

An earlier report says that Apple is qualifying Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) for the manufacture of its A5 processor, further demonstrating Apple's distancing itself from Samsung.

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    Anonymous , May 4, 2011 1:46 PM
    Yea, but can they run Crysis?
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    virtualban , May 4, 2011 1:54 PM
    @Apple
    You can't go fusion, can you?
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    pelov , May 4, 2011 1:56 PM
    virtualban@AppleYou can't go fusion, can you?


    not yet designed for low enough power. Granted, neither is anything we've seen from the intel camp, either. But yes, you're right, fusion would probably suit their products better considering their emphasis on the visual aspect of computing.
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2011 1:58 PM
    KM_Yea, but can they run Crysis?


    grow up
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    lamorpa , May 4, 2011 2:12 PM
    Definitely will, or won't. One of the two. That's for sure.
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    jacobdrj , May 4, 2011 2:14 PM
    KM_Yea, but can they run Crysis?

    Thank you. Now I have to clean my keyboard from coffee-spray...

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    geekapproved , May 4, 2011 2:32 PM
    Intel will NOT be making chips for iphone OR ipad. Trust me.
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    cloakster , May 4, 2011 2:55 PM
    GeekApprovedIntel will NOT be making chips for iphone OR ipad. Trust me.


    I am interested in this whole situation, so i was wondering if you could expand on why you believe that to be true. Thanks.
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    gpace , May 4, 2011 3:00 PM
    Intel did have the XScale, which was an ARM chip. I think they worked with Marvell on that.
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    wcooper007 , May 4, 2011 3:14 PM
    Well seeing how Intel makes all the processors for there desktops i find it very interesting how you can say they Will NOT be making chips for the additional products that apple has. Dont get me wrong i cant stand Crapple and anything they make. but I used to work right across the way from the Apple building at intel in portland and i am sure if intel wants the buisness and they hold alot of straws for apple so i am sure they can pull some strings maybe offer them a discount on all those Xeons that apple buys kinda like dell back in the day and bam
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2011 3:21 PM
    What's being speculated is the fabbing of an existing design, which could be done at GF, TSMC, Intel, or anywhere... ARM designs CPUs for specific nodes, so it's unlikely that Intel could make an ARM CPU on their current latest and greatest node, which would defeat the purpose of going with Intel's fabs.
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    lamorpa , May 4, 2011 3:24 PM
    wcooper007Well[,] seeing how Intel makes all the processors for ther desktops[,] find it very interesting how you can say they [w]ill NOT be making chips for the additional products that [A]pple has. Don[']t get me wrong[,] can[']t stand Crapple and anything they make[,] but I used to work right across the way from the Apple building at ntel in [P]ortland and am sure if ntel wants the busness [(]and they hold a[ ]lot of straws for [A]pple[)][.] am sure they can pull some strings [and] maybe offer them a discount on all those Xeons that apple buys[,] kind [of] like [D]ell back in the day[.] [A]nd bam[...]

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    Insomnihacks , May 4, 2011 3:28 PM
    GeekApprovedIntel will NOT be making chips for iphone OR ipad. Trust me.


    Is it too far to stretch the imagination to think so? Intel does produce CPU's for their whole Mac line currently and even have them on the light peak (Thunderbolt) bandwagon. I think it's quite possible actually.
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    BSMonitor , May 4, 2011 3:30 PM
    GeekApproved is a 12y/o.. Nothing he says is rational.
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2011 3:39 PM
    just a matter of time before Apple sues Intel.
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    Parsian , May 4, 2011 3:42 PM
    Intel most likely will get into the business of ARM as long as there is money which there is is a lot. As far as they are concerned, they want to capture every bit of market. It will be suicidal not to do so. I am concerned for AMD not moving fast enough, Fusion is too awesome not be put into its full potential use but also they need an ARM or ARM equivalent.
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    DjEaZy , May 4, 2011 3:50 PM
    ... ARM+AMD...
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    R6ex , May 4, 2011 4:09 PM
    Tegra 4 to run Crysis? lol
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    jkflipflop98 , May 4, 2011 4:21 PM
    ParsianIntel most likely will get into the business of ARM as long as there is money which there is is a lot. As far as they are concerned, they want to capture every bit of market. It will be suicidal not to do so. I am concerned for AMD not moving fast enough, Fusion is too awesome not be put into its full potential use but also they need an ARM or ARM equivalent.



    ARM processors running on Intel's process nodes would be pretty cool. Then again, so is Cloverfield.
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    JohnnyLucky , May 4, 2011 4:28 PM
    Will Intel become iIntel?
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