Italian Newspaper: iPhone Using Marvell CPU

The Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore interviewed Dario Bucci, CEO of Intel Italy, and asked about the iPhone’s CPU:

Q: The chips in the new Apple iPhone are made by Intel?

A: No, they’re Marvell’s. We sold our Xscale architecture to this company. However Apple is one of our best customers for flash memories and our NANDs are featured in the new handheld.

So the irony is that while they’re not Intel processors, they would have been if Intel hadn’t sold its ARM division to Marvell. Now the question is: Why is Apple being so secretive about this?

(Translated from Italian by DF reader Rocco Poiago; thanks to several other DF readers in Italy for sending the link.)

Saturday, 20 January 2007