Mark Sullivan, writing for VentureBeat:
Intel now has a thousand people or more working to outfit a 2016
iPhone with its lauded 7360 LTE modem chip, sources say. If all
goes well, Intel may end up providing both the modem and the
fabrication for a new Apple system on a chip.
Sources close to the matter say Intel is pulling out the stops to
supply the modems for at least some of the iPhones Apple
manufactures in 2016. This phone will likely be the iPhone 7.
VentureBeat was the first to report on the two companies’ work
together, and more pieces are falling into place as the project
progresses and grows.
If you can’t beat them, join them.
Sources with knowledge of the situation say that Apple eventually
would like to create a system-on-a-chip (SOC) that includes both
the phone’s Ax processor and the LTE modem chip. A
system-on-a-chip design could deliver significant returns in
improved speed and better power management.
Including the LTE modem on the SoC would also make it a lot smaller, right? Which in turn would make it more likely to fit inside, say, a watch.
★ Friday, 16 October 2015