Analyst: Intel in Talks to Build ARM Chips for Apple

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I maybe AMD should go ask nicely and Intel will produce chips for them too :)) Even better judging by how AMD has built Bulldozer they should probably have Intel design the chips for them too
Oh well... Btw I like AMD and have an Phenom II X6 which is not that bad
 

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I want to see removable and user replaceable ARM CPUs

[citation][nom]tanjali[/nom]Intel, Can you beat Samsung prices?[/citation]

Intel would either give up on this market because they know they can't charge $10000 for the intel iArm due to competition, or will attempt to be anticompetitive to push whoever they can out and then buy ARM.
 

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[citation][nom]tanjali[/nom]Intel, Can you beat Samsung prices?[/citation]
Samsung, Can your beat Intel fab process. If Intel uses the same 22nm precess they use for their own processors this could mean 1 of two things, more chips per wafer for greater profit or more cores per chip for greater performance.
 

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[citation][nom]fuzzion[/nom]Assume 4k per wafer, thats 415k x 4k = 1,660,000,000 chips. Thats a lot of chips[/citation]

But not all of them would make it past to QC,. the yield rate of high density chips is actually low,. somewhat related, I could still remember the 2% yield rate of the first FERMI batch.
 

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[citation][nom]mforce2[/nom]I maybe AMD should go ask nicely and Intel will produce chips for them too ) Even better judging by how AMD has built Bulldozer they should probably have Intel design the chips for them too Oh well... Btw I like AMD and have an Phenom II X6 which is not that bad[/citation]
Now why would AMD want Intel to produce or design their chips. If Intel did produce or design AMD's chips they would either charge AMD a lot for production or purposely design the AMD chips to be slower. It would be kinda funny buying and AMD apu with Intel graphics.
 
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Intel reverse engineering Apple custom ARM designs! Don't do it Apple, build your own chip fabs! Intel will steal your IP!
 
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Intel still has it's ARM IP that it bought back in the 80's I believe and further enhanced when they bought out DEC and StrongARM. Intel can build ARM chips if and whenever they want. They just sold the xScale stuff to Marvell once they had the Atom designed and the PDA was no longer a hot market item. Intel making ARM processors is not really that big of a deal. I'm sure it is something they know how to do very well already and would not take much time to ramp up with. Intel isn't in the business of making full fledge computing products like Samsung... just the guts. Apple need not worry about Intel building their own iPad competitor like Microsoft. Apple has little to worry about.
 

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[citation][nom]shafe88[/nom]Samsung, Can your beat Intel fab process. If Intel uses the same 22nm precess they use for their own processors this could mean 1 of two things, more chips per wafer for greater profit or more cores per chip for greater performance.[/citation]


Or, lots of cheaper, moderate performance chips that Apple will sell at "performance" prices, and pocket the cash. I doubt Apple will leverage the 22nm fab to give greater performance to their consumers.
 

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Intel can leverage their great fab capabilities to drive the price of ARM through the floor and make it an unprofitable business for the competition. When everyone gets out of the ARM business, raise prices and make x86 the attractive alternative.
 

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[citation][nom]mavroxur[/nom]Or, lots of cheaper, moderate performance chips that Apple will sell at "performance" prices, and pocket the cash. I doubt Apple will leverage the 22nm fab to give greater performance to their consumers.[/citation]
You "doubt" Apple would give performance to the consumers? You realize they spent significant money to build a custom designed A6 (while Samsung still makes their ARM processors using off-the-shelf ARM designs) that offers better performance than their competitors? Or that Apple still has the highest performing GPU of all mobile platforms?
 

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I know that this will be downgraded as hell, but for me, such deal seems like the two douchy tech-giants trying to squeeze more money out of pretentious people.
 
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I don't like Apple, I don like Intel, But for them to go at each other in chip design is good for consumers! AMD will not go under, but they could be a factor if they put better than Broadwell graphics in their next APUs, and stop trying to milk incremental inprovements in their APU graphics, which is what got AMD where they are now, in a heap of trouble!
 

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I see this as an opportunity for AMD to contract Samsung for chip production. If Apple drops Samsung then Samsung will be looking for some business. A spot that AMD might just be able to leverage itself in to.
 

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[citation][nom]rpgplayer[/nom]I see this as an opportunity for AMD to contract Samsung for chip production. If Apple drops Samsung then Samsung will be looking for some business. A spot that AMD might just be able to leverage itself in to.[/citation]
Samsung and AMD at business, such as?
 

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I wonder if Apple wants the same deal they wanted with TSMC, an entire fab dedicated to apple chips. If thats the case, Intel will say the same thing, "go buy your own fab if thats what you want"
 

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[citation][nom]noob2222[/nom]I wonder if Apple wants the same deal they wanted with TSMC, an entire fab dedicated to apple chips. If thats the case, Intel will say the same thing, "go buy your own fab if thats what you want"[/citation]

Apple's strict contractual stipulations with TSMC were directly related to TSMC's history of low yields and slow ramp. Apple wants to ensure that they'll be able to get chips, even if yields are low.

I'm not sure if this would change for Intel, but I suspect it would.
 

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[citation][nom]olaf[/nom]I thought Intel already said it won't make chips for someone else, i doubt they will do so now...[/citation]

Intel has already been acting as a 22nm foundry for 3 non-competing companies. Check it out. Intel wouldn't rule out a deal with Apple but making their ARM chips for them on 22nm or 16nm would give Apple a stronger product to compete against Intel's offerings. There's also a rumor that it's Cisco who Intel will next offer foundry services to.
 
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