Rumor: Intel is working with SOC for Apple devices




Intel would work to processor technology that needs to be built into future Apple devices. The company would be big bet on a LTE modem for the next iPhone, but will in time also build a complete system-on-a-chip for Apple.

According to rumors, Intel has put a team of about 1000 employees on the project. The first goal is an LTE modem, based on the 7360 chip that includes support for LTE advanced. The chip should be built into future iPhone 7 being released in 2016, as set sources from VentureBeat. Currently, Apple still uses chips from Qualcomm to supply iPhones and other Apple devices with LTE connectivity. Previously reported VentureBeat even though that Apple intends to use the 7360 chip, already suggested the site then that the modem would be used only for iPhones in emerging markets.

Intel would eventually want to go further than just delivering the LTE modem for future iPhone. There could be deployed on a full soc, Apple under its existing Series A SOCs could take license. The current A9 SOC, which functions in the iPhone 6s series, is made by TSMC and Samsung. The advantage of a possible Intel-soc as a successor would be that the application processor, and the LTE modem can be integrated. This is more efficient and could thus increase the performance of the soc. Intel or actual location of these companies are going to take, however, remains to be seen, and will probably depend on the performance of future Intel-soc.

According to VentureBeat, Intel has rigged a large team to meet Apple’s needs to meet. It would be great used because Intel has only a small share of the chip market for mobile devices; through a contract with Apple Intel would be able to increase market share significantly. According to the sources of VentureBeat, there is probably no contract has been signed between the two companies.

Intel’s 7360 modem, which was introduced earlier this year, according to the company itself will appear from next year in smartphones. Besides the possible iPhone 7 is not yet known which companies are interested in the use of the chip.


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