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Intel wants to take Apple's chips off of Samsung's hands, make one for the iPad

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Intel wants to take Apple's chips off of Samsung's hands, make one for the iPad
A rumor emerged during the weekend that Apple is in advanced negotiations with Intel to task it with making the chips for its iPhones and iPads. Intel undoubtedly has the technology and capacity to do those, and Apple will diversify from TSMC, which was said to replace Samsung for the AX chip production next year, but doesn't have enough yield for now.

Apparently there is the typical tit-for-tat negotiation strategy going on, with Apple threatening to switch to ARM for its computers, too, not only its tablets, while Intel had been demanding to put its own chips in the iPad, in exchange for manufacturing what Samsung does now, say sources.

We'll see how it all ends up, if true, but Apple is the one with the leverage here, so we doubt that we'll see an Intel processor in an iPad any time soon. What was interesting for us, though, is what could that tablet chip be, that Intel thinks might interest Apple to consider it in its slates.

We have the Surface Pro with Core i5 processor, which is powerful, but not exactly power-sipping, or the Z2760 Atom CPUs on tablets like the HP Envy x2, which offers ARM-like battery life, but much lower performance than the Ivy Bridge Core i5 in the Surface Pro.

Turns out that Intel might be prepping a low-power tablet chip, which would still be based on the current Ivy Bridge architecture, but consume much less energy. If the power draw is similar to what the mobile Atom pulls now, the new tablet chip from Intel might very well be suitable for the thin and light slates that ARM CPUs allow, so next year should be interesting on the mobile processor front.

source: CNET & CNN

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posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:17 2

1. aayupanday (Posts: 507; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Hell Yeah !

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:28 2

6. dickwyn (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 May 2012)


intel FTW

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:46 9

12. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Ugh..
Why do you love Intel if I may ask?
For its monopolistic nature?
Anti -competitive attitude?
Power sucking architecture?

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:20 1

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 10287; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


If intel was doing all android chips you'd love it os stop hating. I bet u wish u had intels money.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:26

20. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


haha exactly, he's classic fanboy

he will as usual get the thumbs up and feel he's right but the reality is there all following android like a cult...exactly how they moan other users were to a certain company

again and i probably will say this alot role reversal

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 22:54

31. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I wish that the iPad had Intel inside so it'd be even faster!!!!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:33

18. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 154; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


intel is the best company of computer chips with no competition but in smartphone i don't think so

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 18:51

29. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


intel shpuldnt take the job as Apple as of late cant be trusted with business ethics. Intel provided everything for Apple including the best sillicopn in the desktops/laptops. If it wasnt for intel the macbook air wouldnt have been possible and what does apple do? Kick them out greedily for its own SoC and I am sure half of that tech is copied from intel!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:17

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5580; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


It is only a matter of time before Intel has a competitive offering to ARM chipsets. They just had to make the organizational decision to play in the space.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:36 1

9. TylerGrunter (Posts: 869; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Even I agree with you, I also think they are not taking the mobile market seriously enough. The technology is there for the taking: they can already process at 22 nm, with is better than any of the competitors, but they don't use it for mobile.
And the GPUs they have been using are really underperformers... I really hope they decide finally to step up their game, cause many people have been telling the same as you for 3 years now and (till this date) the results have been really dissapointing.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:59

14. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Many people forget, Apple designed their own AX line of processors. The processors they designed are both battery efficient and fast because they cut out all the unneeded bells and whistles instructions and optimize the ones that iphones and ipads actually use. I doubt they would want to go back to gerneral purpose processors any time soon.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:23

3. ajac09 (Posts: 1358; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I think there ATOM line was leading right up to this.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:25

4. zvioocge (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


apple and intel must wait 2013...
and there intel will introduce hasswell,if intel puts ulv hasswell cpu in ipad,it would be awesome and battery life would be good too

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:31

8. -box- (Posts: 3729; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Ipads would use a mobile based chip, not a desktop one. Unless apple gets a grip and makes a macpad or something, I don't see that happening.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:28

5. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Very well Haswell is coming next year

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:29

7. -box- (Posts: 3729; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I find the rumor hard to believe, as it is riding in the wake that apple is trying to cut out Intel AND Samsung and focus on using TSMC or more subservient suppliers for both mobile and desktop products.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:42

10. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


PA, Atom is not having an ARM like battery life, per core.
Just check out the comparison with the Exynos 5 on AnandTech.
The A15 is way ahead in both power and power efficiency

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:46

11. xfire99 (Posts: 435; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Just make the move Apple and give some back to consumers. Price war will give us all lower price.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:46

13. jove39 (Posts: 1261; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I guess...apple is evaluating option of osx on iPad...to compete with surface pro...instead of porting osx to arm v7...they might just use intel's x86 based chip to start with.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 11:52

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 10287; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Sounds powerful

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:19

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 10287; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Smart move by apple. If Samsung is no longer the SoC maker, then intel would certainly be able to step rite in.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:24 1

19. joey_sfb (Posts: 2704; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Yup! Apple is always the smart one always helping to relieve the apple fans the burden of having too much cash!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:28

21. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


so samsung they dont want your cash? nokia dont? sony? lg? google? microsoft?

please your point falls flat as all companies caare for one thing -money

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 11:08

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 10287; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly lol only apple wants to make money. The rest r only n business to give away free phones.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 11:38

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 10287; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ur post made absolutely no sense dude. Tech is a business

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 17:38

26. joey_sfb (Posts: 2704; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Of course it does not make sense to you. Having one brand make it impossible to get a good bargain.

The key word here to 'too much!' And apple can charge any price they want and the fans will have to pay. Ok. I know i not getting through, at least i tried.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 17:49

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 10287; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You're not getting thru, cuz every for profit business operates the same way apple does.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:25

17. switza93 (Posts: 19; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


Still gonna be a crappy phone lololol

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 14:37 1

25. tech-head (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


Intel chips aren't going to help the iPhone...

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 17:49

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 10287; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Hating wont help it either, so stop

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 19:44

30. MC1123 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


would love this!! but apple wants to make their own chips now!! they might ditch intel in the near future!

but the fact is that iOS is not ready for real power!

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