A source “close to one of the companies” claims that executives from both Apple and Intel have met over the past year to discuss the idea of Intel making chips on a contract manufacturing basis. That would mean that Intel used its foundries to create chips designed to Apple’s own specifications.
The idea of contracting chip manufacturing to Intel might be positive for Apple, given it currently has the awkward misfortunate of relying on Samsung for its mobile silicon. It’s less clear what Intel would gain from the move: while it would pull in extra cash, the idea seems at odds with the company’s desires to push its own chips for use in mobile devices. Intel did, however, announce last month that it was to start producing chips for Altera — its first sizable contract manufacturing gig — so it’s clearly something that the company’s game for.
The accuracy of these Intel-Apple love-in rumours remain to be seen, of course. But if it is set to happen, it will all be overseen by Intel’s next, unannounced CEO; current chief Paul Otellini jumps ship in May. [Reuters via The Verge]