Surprise, surprise: the Intel are getting into the mobile processors once and for all. After a failed attempt to make its own Atom smartphone chips, the company has now announced a deal with the British Advanced RISC Machine (recently acquired by SoftBank) to license its technology and manufacture the notorious SOCs in the United States.
The point: To put the plans into practice and generate the missing profit and recognition in the area, Intel needs a contract with a major smartphone company. Well, nobody can accuse them of not aiming high: according to the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, the company is aiming to court no less than the Apple for a partnership from 2018.
The publication states that while Apple's old contributor, TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), has secured the production of the “A10” and “A11” chips (likely names, of course), things may start to change from now on. two years with the “A12”: By then, Intel will have full operating capabilities in the United States, and intends to use this local manufacturing as a strong argument for a possible deal with Ma as it is well known, one of Apple's main opportunities. currently move part of its productions into the US.
In addition, a hypothetical deal with Intel would ensure that Apple would have the best and most experienced processor maker in the world producing the chips to power its precious smartphones and tablets. In fact, Intel already works with 10-nanometer chips, a number that TSMC is still striving to achieve.
The switch of processor manufacturers would not be exactly in Cupertino until a few years ago, Samsung was the sole producer of chips equipping the iGadgets; eventually production was split between South Korea and TSMC (including the A9 that equips the latest iPhones and iPads) and now the Taiwanese manufacturer should take full control of production for at least the next two years.
Intel, for its part, already has a small piece of it within the upcoming "iPhone 7": supposedly, a portion of the 4G radios to equip the device will be manufactured by the company.