Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Sep 2017 20:49 UTC
Apple

Industry sources and analysts suggest that Apple is keen to expand its semiconductor capabilities further. They say the company is interested in building core processors for notebooks, modem chips for iPhones, and a chip that integrates touch, fingerprint and display driver functions.

Apple is building ARM laptops. The interesting question is whether they'll run iOS or macOS.

My money's on the former.

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RE[4]: Comment by Auzy
by unclefester on Sat 30th Sep 2017 04:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Auzy"
unclefester
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Samsung, on the other hand, does do ARM desgin (Exynos). They are also Apples largest competitor. They are certainly more than willing to take Apples money by fabbing their chips for them when they can, but no way are they going to help them design ARM cores to compete against themselves, especially considering how much better Apple's ARM cores are in practice.


Why wouldn't they help a competitor? In the car industry it is normal practice to sell engines, transmission or even entire vehicle platforms to competitors.

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