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Intel Looks to Woo Apple Away From Samsung?

Intel is reportedly vying for Apple’s foundry business which currently goes to Samsung, according to Gus Richard, an analyst with Piper Jaffray & Co.
Intel supplies processors for Apple’s PC line but has recently begun dabbling in the foundry business striking a deal with Achronix Semiconductor Corp.
”Based on a number of inputs, we believe Intel is also vying for Apple’s foundry business,” said Richard. ”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.’
”Intel’s manufacturing lead gives Apple an additional competitive advantage in these markets and distances it from Asian competitors that are knocking off its products,” he said. ”Furthermore, it would also serve to weaken Samsung who is a significant competitive threat to both companies.”
Apple recently sued Samsung alleging that it copied the design of the iPhone and iPad. Samsung sued back in several countries. These lawsuits are obviously seen as a breakdown in the relationship between the two companies.
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