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

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: Comment by Auzy
by tidux on Fri 29th Sep 2017 21:24 UTC in reply to "Comment by Auzy"
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How's life in 2006? I hope you're not holding much housing debt. Apple has been making their own ARM SoCs for the iDevices for a long time now.

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RE[2]: Comment by Auzy
by Auzy on Sat 30th Sep 2017 03:34 in reply to "RE: Comment by Auzy"
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No.. TSMC and Samsung does.

And in all likelihood, TSMC likely provides them with a lot of help for the design of the chip too (ie, they likely take the top reference design at the time and make modifications).

I think you've been sold into the marketing where Apple stands up on stage and tells you they made their own processor. It's really not that simple..

They make software and they mainly integrate.

Edited 2017-09-30 03:39 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by Auzy
by galvanash on Sat 30th Sep 2017 04:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Auzy"
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No.. TSMC and Samsung does.

TSMC is a foundry. They don't even do CPU design. To my knowledge they are not even an ARM architecture licensee. The fabricate chips, they don't design them (especially high end ARM cores).

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.

Apple literally employs more top tier ARM design talent than any other company in the world, by a long shot. They are about the last company on earth to need outside help in designing ARM cores. You have no idea what your talking about...

Edited 2017-09-30 04:03 UTC

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