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Intel 3D Tri-Gate Used To Fab Chip Inside iPhone 5 Followup?

Intel is rumoured to be looking to get Apple's custom by building the chip that will equip the successors to the iPhone 5 & the iPad 2, the A6.

And it is appears likely that the 3-D Tri-Gate technology, which Intel says gives it a three year lead over the competition, may be used as a compelling feature to convince Apple to move from Samsung Electronics as fast as possible.

By exclusively offering Tri-Gate to Apple, Intel provides the Cupertino-based company with a compelling argument to grab as much fab capacity as possible from the semiconductor giant.

Chips that will be built using 3D Tri-Gate technology, will either perform much faster using the same amount of power or perform for much longer at similar performance levels.

It also opens the possibility, at least for Apple, to offer a single chip that may be configured to be used either in a tablet, smartphone, laptop or desktop product, due to the fact that 3D Tri-Gate allows for much faster toggling between the "on" state and the "off" state.

This means that the processor can, in theory, scale to much higher speeds than the traditional planar process would allow. The Cortex-A15 can go up to 2.5GHz and it would not be surprising if the A6 could reach 4GHz if needed.