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Budget iPhone 'might use cheap Snapdragon', Apple could do deal with Intel, and more iOS chip news

Karen Haslam | March 11, 2013
iPhone chip round up: Apple's low-cost iPhone to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile system on a chip; Intel could produce chips for Apple, but Apple already designing products based on TSMCs 20-nanometer specifications; Apple hires for chip R&D in Israel.

Apple making chips in Israel

Apple's chip plans go beyond deciding who will manufacturer them. The company has been hiring experts for a new R&D facility in Israel.

Apple is said to have hired 100 Texas Instruments employees and rented office space in Ra'anana in Israel.

As we reported last year, Apple had hired former Texas Instruments (TI) engineers to expand its chip-making workforce in Israel and build up its research and development centres in the country. Last year TI laid off hundreds of staff at the company's Ra'anana development centre.

Apple's newly hired engineers are likely to be working for Technologies group boss Bob Mansfield. The group includes the semiconductor team who work on processors for Apple's mobile devices and have "ambitious plans for the future," according to Apple.

 

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