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Intel hopes to build Apple-designed chips

by on03 May 2011

TSMC already on board to build A5 parts
Taiwanese foundry-for-hire TSMC has already struck a deal with Apple to build A5 processors and other upcoming Apple designed processors, but an analyst expects Intel will also try to get on the Apple gravy train.

In a new report, Piper Jaffray & Co analyst Gus Richard believes Intel is also vying for Apple’s foundry business, as such a deal would make strategic sense for both companies. Richard argues that such a deal would distance Apple from Asian-based competitors and that it would serve to weaken Samsung.

However, all this could only happen over the course of several years and in the short-term Apple will still have to rely on Samsung. TSMC should start taking over part of the business later this year, but Intel is an entirely different story, even if it chooses to start building fruity chips we won't see them anytime soon.

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