Intel to supply Apple with LTE modem chips for iPhone 7?

Intel to supply Apple with LTE modem chips for iPhone 7?
A new report released today states that Intel has 1000 people working on getting Apple to use its 7360 LTE modem chip for next year's Apple iPhone 7. Presently, both the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus have the Qualcomm 9X45 LTE chip inside. The chipmaker is said to be also harboring thoughts about providing the foundry to build a new SoC for a future iteration of the iPhone.

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.
 
source: VentureBeat

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27 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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.

10. Acer_Predator unregistered

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

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

No... Just stop....

23. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Sometimes the level of stupidity on this site just mind boggling, so I feel your pain.

26. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Intel: Pimp my CPU

2. Rafishant

Posts: 398; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Apple wants to kill any possible profit for Samsung

5. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

No, that's only what fans wish. Apple just wants a great technology in their device and great user satisfaction.

6. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Apple is a business company, their main goal is to make money (luckily for them they are expertly doing so by ripping off people). User satisfaction is secondary

12. Acer_Predator unregistered

Not even secondary but user satisfaction is on last place or not even there.. doesn't exist..

14. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

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!!

13. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Apple doesn't rip anyone off. Maybe you think so because you can't afford an iPhone. That's different.

20. Dreamboat

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

Lol apple have some of the highest profit margins for their devices. Definitely getting ripped off.

22. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I can afford an iPhone if I really wanted too. Instead I bought a better Android device and payed my student bill.

16. Iodine

Posts: 1493; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

How do you want to make money without satisfied consumers ? If you let down or even cheat your consumers only to gain more profit, they will go somewhere else - look at samsung.

18. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

And Samsung also didn't become a multi-billion company for nothing. I heard some of their devices got highest consumer satisfaction in US.

17. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You can only make good money and grow your business if you focus on user satisfaction. Apple didn't become a multi-billion company for nothing..

28. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Majority of companies in the world rip people off.

7. kajam

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Do you know that apple is the one been begging samsung to make their chip and because samsung giving them the lowest price.

15. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Samsung isn't the only company making Apple chips, there's also TSMC who helps out. Glad Apple will ditch both of them soon.

19. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Begging? Really?

29. kajam

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Yes! Really . Mr Steve Jobs

9. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

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

11. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

This is for the modem, as far as I know Samsung only manufactures their CPU and RAM. Qualcomm will be the one who suffers since they provide the modem for Apple.

3. lylee73

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Well it's in Macs, now on iPhone?

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

But what about the lawsuit? Apple doesn't partner up with major companies without simultaneously suing them at the same time.

8. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Start with the baseband and head for the AP next. By 10nm x86 AP will be pretty killer.

24. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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.

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