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Jobs 'very happy' with Infineon takeover, says Intel CEO

updated 09:45 am EDT, Wed September 1, 2010

Otellini sees 3G, LTE tech in TVs, computers

Apple CEO Steve Jobs isn't at all worried about the Intel takeover of Infineon, the CEO of Intel suggests. Speaking with Fox Business TV, Paul Otellini says he called Jobs before making the acquisition. "Steve was very happy," he explains. "The industry was abuzz that this business unit was on the market, and there were a number of competing companies for it. I think they [Apple] are very happy that Intel won the bid."

Despite occasional problems Intel and Apple are close partners, necessitated by the presence of Intel CPUs in every Mac. In the short term, at least, Apple is also somewhat dependent on Infineon, as its chipsets are used in the iPad and iPhone 3GS for 3G reception. The latter company's acquisition by Intel may theoretically keep its technology within easy reach of Apple.

Intel has big plans for spreading cellular reception across different devices. It may show up not only in smartphones and tablets, but computers and TVs. "We look forward to a period in the not-so-distant future where all of these functions can be on a single chip. Intel has great capabilities and applications processors today, but bringing in the capabilities for 3G and ultimately LTE (Long-Term Evolution) onto the chip, that makes a lot of sense to us from an economic and power standpoint."

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    One would have to ask why anyone at Intel would care so much if Jobs was or wasn't pleased with any of their acquisitions.

    Has Steve become the Godfather? Does every company Apple deals with have to go to Steve first and seek his blessing before they work a deal?

  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I guess the only thing about this acquisition by Intel and how it relates to Apple, is the leverage Intel would have. I'd bet that Apple does not like keeping all its eggs in one basket. Apple's business does contribute to the bottom lines of numerous companies. Probably enough to be wary of losing their business and to warrant a heads-up phone call between CEOs.

    I bet Steve Jobs can do a pretty damn good impression of Don Corleone...

  1. Raman

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'm sure Steve would be coordial with Paul...until Steve spent some of his own money buying a competing chipset provider with all the cash they have burning a hole in their pocket.

    And Apple doesn't *need* Intel... There are other CPU manufacturers. AMD comes to mind. Lets not forget AAPL just bought a CPU manufacturer. Not that the A4 is powerful enough to run Photoshop on OS X on a PowerMac but if iOS became the de-facto OS on consumer machines (all iDevices) and OS X was left for professionals/PowerMacs then AAPL just needs to continue making the A4 and future chips faster/more efficient/etc.. A side effect is that they might be able to (like in the olden days) lock down their OS so it's even more difficult to hackintosh onto a x86 device.

    Probable? No... Possible?

  1. redcapzero

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: AND

    uh, no.

    On a lighter side:
    please 'o please continue with Infineon Raceway; Intel Raceway? Ugh. :)

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