Here comes the interesting leak report where in Apple plans to adopt ARM architecture instead of Intel processors. The new rumor says that Apple the giants is ditching Intel processor and using ARM architecture, which is currently used in iPhone and iPad devices.
According to the reports, Apple the giant is supposed move to ARM processors and is predictable to take place as soon as possible, probably when 64-bit variations are obtainable at the Market by the end of 2012 or by early 2013.
Well, the sources which have reported the info are not a frequent source of Apple rumors. However, the source did report well in July 2009 that Apple was moving away from Nvidia chipsets at a gradual speed. Currently, Apple’s new iMacs and MacBook Pros are equipped with AMD Radeon graphics or Intel’s integrated option.
Interestingly, the reports even states that Apple would most probably move its desktop Macs to ARM architecture in addition to laptops. This differentiates the transition to Apple made chips for its line of computers as a done deal.
The reports further states that this might be the reason for Apple to search fab capacity from Global Foundries, Samsung, and TSMC. And on the other hand, Intel does not know about this particular update or change and that is why Intel is dropping all the clues about wanting Apple as a foundry customer. Once Intel realizes Apple will be fabbing ARM chips at the expense of x86 parts, Intel might not be so enthusiastic to offer them wafers on advanced processes.
The rumor has raised just couple of days back when a report stated that Intel could interested in building mobile chips for Apple ( like A 5 processor found in iPad 2 ). Currently, Intel manufactures CPUs powering Apple’s desktops and notebooks, but the company has turned to ARM processors for a range of devices, which includes Apple’s Airport base stations, iPods and iOS devices which includes new Apple TV.
Apple has even stepped in to the chip designing business with A4 processor, which powers the iPhone 4 and first generation iPad. The giant gained the capacity to design its individual systems-on-a-chip via the acquisition of PA Semi for $278 million in 2008.
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