Intel to supply Apple with LTE modem chips for iPhone 7?
posted by Alan F. / Oct 17, 2015, 10:44 PM
Intel is said to be assigning a large number of employees to this project for a number of reasons, including its importance to the chipmaker. The company has not been able to dominate in the mobile industry as it has in desktops. In addition, others speculate that demands from Apple could require Intel to deploy enough people to make sure that the company is well taken care of. One person close to the situation characterizes this as "a must win for Intel."
Apple allegedly has sent engineers to Munich, where the 7360 LTE chip was created, in an attempt to optimize it for the iPhone 7. The tech titan reportedly has been hiring wireless engineers from the team that originally developed the chip. Earlier this year, one analyst from Northland Capital Markets said that the 7360 LTE modem would find its way into Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus units in Asia and Latin America. That never happened, and the speculation has since shifted to the iPhone 7.
The report adds that Apple is looking to eventually consolidate its SoC and modem chip on a single package. This would increase the speed of the chip and reduce power consumption. Apple would license the LTE modem technology from Intel, while also designing the SoC as it does now. Intel would build the SoC chip using its 14nm process.
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All I know is Apple definitely wouldn't put a terrible SoC in their phone and will force Intel to optimize the hell out of it.
posted on Oct 17, 2015, 10:48 PM 3
Naive ppl who has or own idevices .. You naively think that all that cpu A series belongs to apple ? Please pll don't be naive.. What.you think why such big lawsuit against apple ? It is Wisconsin's project! Nothing belong to apple only their design which makes/made ppl blindly like this company... Ofcourse they gonna change cpu bcos A chips series NEVER belonged to apple company! They had this chip from university in wisconsin They both probably fell out with each other so this happened .. Apple is one milky company which has architectures or ideas and all of these doesn't belong them ! What is their only is just fake design which confuses ppls(MOST) brain via eyes.. They used to have IBM chips in their desktop/laptop products but again they had to argue so they fell out with IBM in first place.. I really wonder when they start arguing with intel.. they will start using amd chips maybe in future :DDDD
posted on Oct 18, 2015, 3:25 AM 1
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Apple wants to kill any possible profit for Samsung
posted on Oct 17, 2015, 10:50 PM 3
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No, that's only what fans wish. Apple just wants a great technology in their device and great user satisfaction.
posted on Oct 18, 2015, 12:00 AM 7
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Do you speak from experience? i don't think you do. So why not go back in your cage and meow for the rest of the year. Apple has one of the best customer support of any other company. You don't know what you're talking about. Meow meow!!
posted on Oct 18, 2015, 4:01 AM 2
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Do you know that apple is the one been begging samsung to make their chip and because samsung giving them the lowest price.
posted on Oct 18, 2015, 12:27 AM 1
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According to the article, this is going to impact 90 % on Qualcomm 10% TSMC Many ppl predict samsung isn't gonna manufacture the next apple chips but yeah... I understand why you mentioned samsung... cheers be happy
posted on Oct 18, 2015, 2:09 AM 0
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The big takeaway from this is a potential integrated modem in the SoC at 14nm, instead of a 14/20nm or 16/20 nm SoC and a 28nm discrete modem. That could be a nice increase in speed and efficiency and a pretty significant power savings.
posted on Oct 18, 2015, 9:47 AM 1
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