Dutch chipmaker NXP will provide the chips required to support the short-range wireless tech known near-field communications, according to the Financial Times.
TSMC may still have to compete with Samsung for processor orders from Apple, according to a report.
Micron Technology is a very big chipmaker that's closer to Apple than it ever has been.
Apple may be looking to acquire a unit of Renesas Electronics that makes LCD chips for mobile devices, according to a Nikkei report. The deal could be worth close to half a billion dollars.
The semiconductor giant has expanded beyond its core business many times only to pull back before those areas got popular. CNET looks at a few.
Brian Krzanich says the company will do things it's never done before -- like getting chips from outside the company and putting more emphasis on 3G and LTE processors.
Qualcomm, Broadcom, Samsung, and others are working at the Khronos Group to standardize some nuts and bolts of machine vision. That should let programmers tap into the technology more easily.
The iPhone maker has picked up Passif Semiconductor, a small California company that makes low-power communications chips.
If Apple owned capacity at a fab, it would give the company the kind of control over both design and chip manufacturing that Intel has.
Formed in 2009, the joint partnership of STMicro and Ericsson was never profitable as top customer Nokia lost market share to Apple and Samsung.