American technology conglomerate Apple is reportedly taking steps to replace microchip provider Intel by integrating a powerful version of their chip technology used in the iPhone and iPad for their Mac computers and other products.
According to a report by CNET correspondent Charles Cooper, Apple is trying to come up with a ‘homegrown’ chip design technology for their desktops, laptops, and other computers in an attempt to part ways with semiconductor giant Intel.
In 2005, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that Apple would be making a transition from PowerPC architecture to the Intel x86 architecture because the future PowerPC road map was unable to satisfy the company needs for their laptops and computers.
In just a matter of months, all its Mac computers are running on Intel processors while their Apple Xserve server was then updated to Intel Xeon processors in 2006.
However, an unnamed insider disclosed that Apple is having that ‘seven-year itch’ to achieve independence as far as employing their own microchip technology.
Apple shelled out millions of dollars to develop a chip design based on the non-Intel, ARM architecture to power their mobile gadgets such as the iPhone and iPad.
The development of their A6 chip for their iPhone needed Apple to spend $400 million to acquire chip companies such as PA Semi and Intrinsity and additional cost to license the ARM chip technology.
The source said Apple is planning to develop a powerful version of the chip to run all their Mac computers and gadgets.
Despite the hype that surrounds Apple’s next big plan, the source cleared that nothing is yet final. On the other hand, Intel said it won’t make a comment based on speculations but assured to release a statement after gathering enough information.
The Linley Group chip analyst Linley Gwennap expects Apple to develop new CPU designs every two years, similar to the product release cadence of Intel and AMD.