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

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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31 Comments

1. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Hell Yeah !

6. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

intel FTW

12. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31105; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

20. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 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

31. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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

18. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

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

29. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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!

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

9. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

14. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 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.

3. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

4. zvioocge

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 23, 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

8. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

5. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Very well Haswell is coming next year

7. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

10. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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

11. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

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

13. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31105; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sounds powerful

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31105; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

21. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 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

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31105; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31105; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31105; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

17. switza93

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

Still gonna be a crappy phone lololol

25. tech-head

Posts: 133; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

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

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31105; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hating wont help it either, so stop

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