Intel vying for A5 business

Tim Grey
6 May, 2011
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Intel is rumoured to be in the running to win the contract to produce the next chipset for Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices, the A5 – or even A6 – chips.

While Intel CPUs can be found in Apple’s laptop and desktop models, the company has taken to designing its own ARM processors for iOS devices, which are then created by third-party manufacturers such as Samsung. However, Intel is said to be interested in Apple’s ARM business, according to AppleInsider.

An analyst with Piper Jaffray & Co began the rumour in EE Times:

“Intel’s manufacturing lead gives Apple an additional competitive advantage in these markets and distances it from Asian competitors that are knocking off its products,” Richard said. ”Furthermore, it would also serve to weaken Samsung who is a significant competitive threat to both companies.”

Richard went on to claim Apple is shifting away from Samsung, which represents a threat not just to Apple’s business, but to Intel’s as well, despite the fact the company is reportedly increasing its production of A5 chips by a factor of four.

This latest tip comes as Intel announces a new manufacturing technique for its own computer chips, which uses a three-dimensional ‘finlet’ to increase processing speed by 37 percent while using half the power.

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