It has been rumored for a while now that Apple and Intel have been talking about doing mobile business together. Their relationship has been a solid one since Intel started supplying processors for Mac laptops and desktops. It only seems natural that the two would find common ground in the mobile chip making market.
Today, Reuters is reporting new information that could mean that the worlds largest tablet maker and the world’s largest processing chip maker have finally found a way to combine forces. It’s like getting chocolate on your peanut butter… or peanut butter on your chocolate.
According to Reuters, last week, Intel announced that it would open up its manufacturing technology to fellow chipmaker Altera, which leads the way to contract manufacturing for the company.
This new move on Intel’s part has generated speculation that the company may be on the precipice of reaching a deal with Apple to make chips for iPads and iPhones.
Already this year, Intel increased its capital spending budget from $2 billion to $13 billion, which means that Apple could hire the company on contract to make chips for its mobile devices. Doing so would help the iPad maker move away from reliance on its “frienemy,” Samsung, for processor chips.
Vice President and general manager of Intel custom foundry, Sunit Rikhi, told Reuters last week that his group is ready to take on “a potentially large, unidentified mobile customer.” Rikhi did not discuss Apple specifically.
If Apple and Intel can come to a working agreement, it would mean big things for both companies as they are each the big players in their respective games.