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Issues with Skylake chips said to be turning point for Apple's ARM transition

By Cookie Monster - on 26 Jun 2020, 12:00am

Issues with Skylake chips said to be turning point for Apple's ARM transition

Apple believes it own silicon can provide more performance per watt than existing solutions.

Intel's problematic Skylake processors were said to be one of the main reasons for Apple switching to its own ARM-based solutions.

Former Intel principal engineeer, François Piednoël claimed the "bad quality assurance of Skylake" was the turning point three years ago. Piednoël believed Apple could still be using Intel chips for some time if not for the many issues that plagued the Skylake architecture.

"The quality assurance of Skylake was more than a problem," says Piednoël during a casual Xplane chat and stream session. "It was abnormally bad. We were getting way too much citing for little things inside Skylake. Basically our buddies at Apple became the number one filer of problems in the architecture. And that went really, really bad. 

"When your customer starts finding almost as much bugs as you found yourself, you're not leading into the right place."

It's true that the Mac pipeline has been affected by Intel multiple times over the past few years, but we think that Apple's desire to have tighter control over the hardware components in its devices is a bigger driving force behind the transition. The company has always believed the integration of its hardware and software will give its devices an advantage over the competition. 

Source: pcgamer via 9to5Mac