It has been known for a while now that Apple and Samsung don’t play well together. For years, the two tech giants have been embroiled in worldwide patent infringement lawsuits that have made it seem as though they can’t stand each other’s existence. Yet, they still work together. Samsung still makes Apple’s processor chips. That may be coming to an end soon. According to a recent announcement at the ARM developers’ conference, Intel will begin fabrication of 64-bit ARM chips starting next year.
According to Forbes, Altera announced at the ARM conference that Intel will join the ARM’s race (excuse the pun) in 2014, which is a complete change from what the largest semiconductor company in the world has been doing so far. Intel has been working hard to slow the popularity growth of ARM in the mobile market.
“It’s huge. Imagine ARM’s most powerful and technologically advanced 64-bits processor built on Intel’s leading-edge fabs. A duo that will be hard to beat,” Insight 64 analyst Nathan Brookwood told Forbes.
Forbes notes that Intel’s foray into ARM chip making could contribute to a price reduction on parts since companies like TSMC, UMC, GlobalFoundires, Samsung, IBM and SMIC will feel pressure to compete.
The question on everyone’s mind is whether Apple will finally tell Samsung to take a walk. There have been rumors floating around since the two started suing each other about Apple turning away from Samsung for reliance on processor chips. However, the two still seem to be tied together. If Intel is ready to get to work, it may mean that Apple is willing to end its relationship with Samsung altogether, which could affect the chip maker’s future business.