So, Samsung has announced a quad core part for the Galaxy S3 to be released in May.
This is a 32nm part....the Apple A5X is from Samsung at 45nm. Did Samsung save their 32nm capacity for its own smart phones? Did Apple choose to take the A5X in 45nm from Samsung.
The A5X will be obsolete next month. Apple can't allow that to be for long. Apple has to trump the Samsung quad core part shortly after the Galaxy S3 is announced. What's the possibility that Intel is involved? If involved will it be 22nm or 32nm? Will an Intel part be ARM core or Atom core? Do we see a real Apple iPhone 5 with Intel inside in June? An Intel Atom dual core at 22nm should run circles around the Samsung part and be much smaller, and cheaper for Apple.
This is a 32nm part....the Apple A5X is from Samsung at 45nm. Did Samsung save their 32nm capacity for its own smart phones? Did Apple choose to take the A5X in 45nm from Samsung. -----
Apple is already using Samsung's 32nm process for some A5 production. It's only a matter of time before all the A5 family move to 32nm. As for the A6 (in the iPhone 5), it's too early to use either Intel's process or replace the ARM core with Atom. Expect Samsung again (@32nm).
I always felt that both Apple and Samsung would like to avoid Intel for their own reasons, however, this arrengement was unstable. I think Samsung 32nm quad core will make this unstable arrengement collapse forcing Apple to embrace Intel, unless Samsung can accomodate Apple too in 32nm capacity, which I doubt.