What you need to know
- Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger wants to court Apple's chip-making business.
- The comments come soon after Intel launched an attack ad campaign against Apple's M1 Macs.
A week after launching an attack ad campaign against Apple's new Apple silicon Macs, Intel's CEO now says that the company wants to build chips for the company.
In a press release on Intel's website, the company's new CEO Pat Gelsinger has announced that the company is founding a new Intel Foundry Services division of the company to try and make itself known for its processor manufacturing.
As part of that new venture, Gelsinger says that the company wants to go after Apple as a potential customer. As reported by MacRumors, this was surprising to a lot of people especially since the company has been running ads that bash Apple's new M1 Macs.
It's really funny to hear Pat Gelsinger at #IntelUnleashed name drop potential collaboration with Apple on the new foundry business after Intel spent the last week on an ill-advised ad campaign dunking on Apple.
I don't think the bridge is burned, it's just eyebrow-raising.It's really funny to hear Pat Gelsinger at #IntelUnleashed name drop potential collaboration with Apple on the new foundry business after Intel spent the last week on an ill-advised ad campaign dunking on Apple.
I don't think the bridge is burned, it's just eyebrow-raising.— James Sanders (@jas_np) March 23, 2021March 23, 2021
It appears that Intel is planning to position itself as a powerhouse in the foundry space and could potentially help build Apple's custom processors in the future if the two companies were able to reach an agreement.
Gelsinger just said that Intel, which is ramping up a foundry business to manufacture chips for other companies based on their designs, will court Apple as a customer. The age of the Intel Mac might not be over just yet.Gelsinger just said that Intel, which is ramping up a foundry business to manufacture chips for other companies based on their designs, will court Apple as a customer. The age of the Intel Mac might not be over just yet.— Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken) March 23, 2021March 23, 2021
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It is currently unclear if Intel and Apple are actually in talks about the company taking on any chip manufacturing, but Intel might want to cut those attack ads out if it wants to become a partner to Apple.
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Just to make sure, these two are companies and enteprises, not fanboys and emotional entities. Business does not work the way Facebook commenting does. Intels arguments were/are valid even if it hurts some people personally. The press interpretation of things is a virtual reality, especially when it comes down to business. To be more precise, I guess virtually nobody would know about these ads if it wasn't about tech press hyping.
So Intel is going to build Apple Silicon using their 14nm process? That's part of the reason Apple came out with the M1. It's a 5nm process.
Their new fabs are supposed to be 7nm capable, so they are getting there ;) Maybe Apple will want some M1s that produce more heat for marketing to colder climates. I've had to turn up the heat in my room since getting my M1 Mac Mini.
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