Things are not going very well with Samsung at the moment after an Apple lawyer decided to sue the business for daring to use Android in its machines.
However the dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn that Intel is thinking about starting its own foundry business, in order to build non Intel-branded processors.
Gus Richard, an analyst with Piper Jaffray & Co has written that he thinks that Intel is vying for Apple’s foundry business.
He said that it makes strategic sense for both companies. The combination of Apple’s growing demand and market share in smart phones and tablets gives Intel a position in these markets and drives the logic volume Intel needs to stay ahead in manufacturing.
It solves a problem for Apple in that it distances itself from Asian competitors that are knocking off its products.
Samsung who is a significant competitive threat to both companies would also be weakened, he claimed.
According to EETimes Samsung will remain Apple’s main foundry for now, but Apple will most likely push for a switch within a year or so, as the Korean company is increasingly becoming a competitor.
Intel is already an Apple “chum” as it designs and supplies various processors to Apple, mainly for the Mac product line.