Apple wants to accelerate the development of its own semiconductors to further outperform its competitors.
On Friday, the Japanese edition of Nikkei publishedinformation from analysts that Apple plans to expand semiconductor manufacturing. More specifically, Tim Cook and company management are interested in "the production of nuclear processors for laptops, chip modems for phones and processors responsible for touch displays and fingerprint scanners."
Apple has already hired engineers from Taiwan's leading processor manufacturer Novatek and panel company AU Optronics.
So far, the company buys modem chips from Intel and Qualcomm, but analyst Mark Lee believes that "Apple is investing in research and development of modem chips that are responsible for mobile communications."
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Lee added that Apple is unlikely to have time to arrange everything in the next two years. Modem chips take a long time to develop and must meet the requirements of operators around the world.
The veteran of the chip industry believes that to work on such a large-scale project will require more than a thousand engineers.
Earlier this year, Qualcomm Vice President YesinTerzioglu headed Apple's chip-making project. We wouldn't be surprised if Apple develops its own chip modem, given that Samsung uses its own Exynos modem too.
Sources also said that Apple is trying to rely less on Intel for laptop processors and start producing its own based on ARM.
Of course, Apple has been developing its own processors for years.
The company has created processors for the iPhone, iPad andApple Watch, wireless AirPods chip and Touch ID scanner. They are mass-produced at third-party Samsung and TSMC factories. According to sources, the company does not plan to limit the production of its products to the territory of only its own enterprises.
Research firm IC Insights has ranked Apple fourth in the world for manufacturing its own processors. The company was only outstripped by Qualcomm, Broadcom and MediaTek.
Here's what analyst Shirley Tsai thinks: “It doesn't matter if you are Apple or Google, in the era of artificial intelligence, you will have to develop your own algorithms and technologies, create applications and build ecosystems with as many partners as possible.”
Apple has shown what can be achieved by building advanced processors and operating systems. This is once again proven by the A11 Bionic processor in the new iPhone models.
A-series processors let Apple overtake itscompetitors. Android devices require more RAM and more cores to keep up with iOS, and this will become even more important in the era of artificial intelligence.
Apple is already moving in this direction: the neural engine in the A11 Bionic processor is the first dual-core CPU optimized for machine learning algorithms.
The fact that Apple will design its processorsfor laptops is obvious, but when will it happen? So far, it is impossible to say for sure. But the A11 Bionic processor proved by test results that Apple is capable of creating a powerful processor for a laptop.
An ARM-based processor would allowproduce even thinner notebooks with more powerful batteries. At the time of this writing, Apple offers 200 processor-related positions.