Intel Looks to Challenge TSMC for Apple Chip Orders by 2018

Intel Looks to Challenge TSMC for Apple Chip Orders by 2018

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Intel is looking to steal Apple chip orders away from TSMC by as early as 2018, reports Nikkei. The company announced earlier this month that it would license technology from ARM in hopes of obtaining more business from smartphone companies. LG will reportedly become the first company to adopt Intel chips following the ARM agreement.

TSMC has benefited from a close partnership with ARM over the past decade; however, Intel's alliance with ARM could change things.

"TSMC could face tough competition as soon as 2018 or 2019 as Intel is likely to gain orders from Apple by then," Samuel Wang, a veteran semiconductor analyst at Gartner, told the Nikkei Asian Review. "Intel has begun to engage with Apple and it aims to grab one or two top-tier customers from TSMC."

Intel has stumbled in the past when trying to grow its foundry business, prioritizing production of PC and server chips for its own use. However, Intel now sees its foundry business a key source of new revenue.

A senior Taiwanese chip industry executive says that "Intel is definitely the most formidable challenger for TSMC."

"There is no rivalry between Apple and Intel so it's really likely that Apple could shift some orders there. The move is also in line with Washington's policy to encourage U.S. companies to make more products at home," the source said.

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Intel Looks to Challenge TSMC for Apple Chip Orders by 2018

Spawntech - August 29, 2016 at 9:14pm
MAC Intel= Hackintosh...iPhone Intel=?
Elisa - August 26, 2016 at 10:12pm
Now I wonder why Intel didn't do this way before. They could've replaced Samsung being part of the chip process all this time from the very beginning.
Kk - August 27, 2016 at 7:50am
Maybe they were just focusing on pc platform. Because intel chips takes too much power
Backwards Mindset at Intel - August 28, 2016 at 3:54am
Back at 2010 when I applied to Intel, they told me the mobile phone and mobile gaming was just a phase and that it'd die out, and that PCs would never die out. The person even told me I'm not Intel material because I believed mobile technology would become more popular and widely used. I never applied to Intel ever again. Then they went through several changes and restructuring in 2012, but it was still mostly for the PC market to try to "save" the PCs. Then some more changes and restructuring. And only recently have they "quietly" admitted the change that is happening and have started trying to improve their mobile product lines. But I guess you can view it as making a bad prediction about the future and being too invested in whatever they were up to at that moment, so it was too late to bail out.
Great! - August 29, 2016 at 1:42pm
Also Intel looked down on ARM.