Friday, October 16, 2015

Intel reportedly has 'army' of people working on Apple's next iPhone chip

Intel is pouring resources into a project to supply Apple's next iPhone with its next-generation LTE modem, according to a report today from VentureBeat. The team responsible for developing the Intel 7360 LTE modem chip may be as large as 1,000 people, all of whom are working to potentially oust Qualcomm and its 9X45 LTE chip as the go-to modem for Apple's handsets.

The end goal, according to VentureBeat, is an Apple-made system-on-a-chip, or SOC, similar to the Ax chip found in current iPhones, yet capable of holding both the processor and the LTE modem on a single small, fast, and power efficient component. Apple would likely license Intel's technology and brand the SOC with in line with Ax series of chips, the report says.

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