Latest in Gear

Image credit: Mike Blake / Reuters

Intel to manufacture ARM chips in a bid for mobile domination

The company has struggled in the mobile space, but this could help change those fortunes.
1118 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Mike Blake / Reuters

Intel is flexing its manufacturing muscle in an attempt to get inside your next phone. To do that, it has entered a licensing deal with ARM, according to a report from Bloomberg. Without this license, excess manufacturing space goes to waste. But with it, Intel can make processors for Apple, Qualcomm and Samsung -- the biggest players in smartphones. This gives Intel a much-needed boost in the mobile space that it couldn't achieve on its own.

The ARM deal also gives Intel a foot in the door with VR hardware, which might help explain the company's new Project Alloy all-in-one headset. And if you're playing along at home, yep, these production lines will include those making 10-nanometer chips. So, more money for Intel and possibly faster and better processors for your mobile device. ARM itself was recently picked up by Japanese tech-giant Softbank for $32 billion. So yeah, this is a pretty big deal although specifics regarding the money involved aren't known at this time.

With the PC market declining, this gives Intel a chance to get into mobile without technically getting into mobile itself. The company is already rumored to be making the modem chips for Apple and this deal could put Intel silicon elsewhere inside future iPhones. First in line to test out Intel's tasty production lines? LG, which, according to Intel, will "produce a world-class mobile platform based on Intel Custom Foundry's 10 nm design platform."

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
1118 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Lilium proves its electric air taxi can fly

Lilium proves its electric air taxi can fly

View
'Pokémon Go' will introduce online battles in early 2020

'Pokémon Go' will introduce online battles in early 2020

View
Google's new emulator makes Android Automotive development easier

Google's new emulator makes Android Automotive development easier

View
Watch the final 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' trailer

Watch the final 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' trailer

View
What's on TV this week: 'The Outer Worlds'

What's on TV this week: 'The Outer Worlds'

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr