The rumor mill has been awash with whispers that Apple
Apple already uses straight-up Intel chips in its desktops and laptops, but its smartphones and tablets run on a competing architecture by ARM Holdings
But Intel might be willing to bend over backward for its high-profile customer.
Speaking at an investor event in London, Intel CFO Stacy Smith said that more manufacturing deals might be in the cards. Intel architectures would be his first choice, of course, but nothing is impossible.
Apple or even Sony
This doesn't mean that United Microelectronics
What Intel is trying to say here is, we'd be happy to fill some unused manufacturing capacity with other people's designs -- as long as the margins are right. We'll know that some big-name customer has talked the company into bending over backward if we ever see the company signing a license to manufacture ARM or MIPS Technologies
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