While Qualcomm has rapidly bounced back from Snapdragon 810 controversy and overheating failure, developing a follow-up SoC that everyone seems to regard as both faster and cooler, the company’s 2016 revenue and profits may still shrink due to an unrelated “problem.”
The frustrating thing must be not knowing what you did wrong, with Apple advancing plans of an Intel partnership as far as iPhone 7 cellular modems go. Nothing’s set in stone yet, but we’re hearing intensifying gossip of Cupertino putting its high-speed LTE eggs in two baskets before long.
Qualcomm should retain the bulk of the orders, yet 30 to 40 percent of these essential components will purportedly be produced by Intel. As a direct consequence, the Santa Clara-based semiconductor giant might report a 1.5 to 2 percent revenue increase this year, with its San Diego arch-rival losing as much as 4 percent.
Once again, it’s unclear if the Snapdragon X12 modem is too slow or glitchy for Apple, though on paper, it’s capable of 600 Mbps peak download speeds, compared to “only” 450 for the Intel XMM 7360. Of course, both those numbers are theoretical and almost impossible to achieve in real life right now, so hopefully, the decision to expand this part’s manufacturing won’t turn into Chipgate Reloaded.
Remember, Apple was rumored to be eyeing a long-term Intel collaboration, the two outfits possibly joining hands to design and fabricate future A-series processors. Bottom line, this could be merely the beginning of a beautiful, industry-changing friendship.
Source: Gadgets 360