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Intel interested in building Apple's A4, A5 chips

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Intel interested in building Apple's A4, A5 chips
Intel says that it is interested in supplying Apple with the mobile A4 and A5 chips that the Cupertino based firm currently gets from Samsung. Although Intel makes the CPU's found inside Apple's desktop and notebook computers, the company has been designing its own ARM processors resulting in the A4, and the dual-core A5.  The latter can be currently found under the hood of the Apple iPad 2, and both chips are built to Apple's specs by Samsung.

Apple is also looking at some independent foundries since it owns the designs to the A4 and A5 chips and isn't locked into a specific manufacturer. In addition, with Samsung competing against the Apple iPhone, iPod and iPad, the latter would rather keep the business out of a competitor's hand. One company that Apple was reportedly hooking up with is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Apple has an interest in the yields that TSMC is getting from the production of 40 nanometer processors.

A report by Piper Jaffray analyst Gus Richard says that Intel is interested in building mobile chips for Apple and the analyst states that, "Intel's manufacturing lead gives Apple an additional competitive advantage in these markets and distances it from Asian competitors that are knocking off its products. Furthermore, it would also serve to weaken Samsung who is a significant competitive threat to both companies.''

The amalyst added that, "While it will take a few years for Apple to shift foundry suppliers, we believe Apple is shifting away from Samsung. We believe TSMC will start getting revenue from Apple in Q4 of this year. We believe the recent patent lawsuit between the two companies is further evidence to support our belief that Apple is moving its silicon needs elsewhere.''

source: EETimes via AppleInsider

Intel interested in building Apple's A4, A5 chips


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posted on 03 May 2011, 22:13 1

1. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Dont do it!!!! Apple will make you sign a contract and sue you afterwards...just like samsung xD

posted on 03 May 2011, 22:20 2

2. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


ya apples just smart like that. and anyways samsung has made a crapload so it barely matters

posted on 04 May 2011, 11:56 1

6. SomeGuy (unregistered)


They sued them for BLATANTLY ripping off Apple's designs. Have you seen the the Galaxy line side by side with the iPhone and iPod touch?

posted on 04 May 2011, 14:32

8. Cheddarman (unregistered)


If you read stuff you would know that the lawsuits are not about existing products.

they are about the next line of samsung products that are not even released yet. Samsung has come out and said as much...

also how are they stealing from apple when apple buys everything from them? Illogical good sir.

posted on 04 May 2011, 17:26 1

9. SomeGuy (unregistered)


Pretty sure it says designed by Apple and not Samsung on the iPhone.

Even the layout of the apps on the phone looks the same.

posted on 03 May 2011, 22:45

3. Diana (unregistered)


I am pretty sure we saw this coming cause Samsung is not going to give Apple jack from here on 8)

posted on 04 May 2011, 05:16 1

4. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


whoever manufactures it, be it samsung or TSMC or intel, i hope they would ruin apple's processors just like not soldering one part so that it would not operate as desired. Apples are meant to rot and this apple has been preserved for a long time.

posted on 04 May 2011, 11:58 1

7. SomeGuy (unregistered)


Do you really think Apple would allow that? They have control measures for manufacturing just like any other company.

Ever hear of quality control?

posted on 04 May 2011, 05:25

5. IOS5 (unregistered)


by the way the first company support Steve jobs when he start first time it's intel! But Windows screw the deal, don't worry ppl they ate good friends.

posted on 04 May 2011, 17:54 1

10. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


What happen when Intel decide to build a smartphone from Apple chips. Apple will running around to a different companies every year for components and supplies.

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