Intel to start manufacturing 64-bit... ARM. Cue inevitable 'Apple A8' speculation!
Color everyone surprised by this one, but at the ARM developers conference Intel partner Altera has announced that the company will begin producing 64-bit ARM chips. Intel has been trying to break into the mobile space currently dominated by ARM with their own chips, so this latest news is definitely of the surprising variety. Jean-Baptiste at Forbes:
At the ARM developers’ conference today, Intel partner Altera ALTR +1.23% announced that the world’s largest semiconductor company will fabricate its ARM’s 64-bit chips starting next year. An announcement that sent shockwaves throughout the technology industry as Intel is desperately trying to break ARM’s supremacy in the mobile market.
Further still, analyst Nathan Brookwood added this:
“Intel will build Apple's A7, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon or the Nvidia Tegra for the right price. Now, the question is, are they ready to pay that premium and feed their direct competitor, except for Apple. But that would actually make business sense for everyone"
So, is this Intel's way, finally, to monetize better in the mobile space? Is this Intel's way to break into the iPhone sometime down the line? The biggest chip maker in the world appears to be out for hire. Intel's former CEO famously told the world they passed up on the opportunity to work on the original iPhone, and since Apple went all-in on the ARM architecture, perhaps this could end up being a way back in further down the road.
The times, they certainly are a changing.