Apple to design its own power management chips: Report

Apple's power management chips are currently designed by Dialog.

  • Published: December 1, 2017 2:59 PM IST

Off late, Apple has been reported to take more control in manufacturing its products particularly the iPhone. The latest development on this comes from Nikkei Asian Review which reports that Apple will start designing power management chips for its products. We could be seeing Apple’s in-house power management chips by 2019.

At present, Apple sources its power management chips for the iPhone, iPad, from Dialog. After this news struck, Dialog’s shares dropped down by 18 percent to €30.46 (Rs 2,400 approximately) in Europe. Being the sole supplier of power management chips for Apple, 74 percent of its revenues were occupied by the Cupertino tech giant. This would be a big blow for Dialog if Apple does go ahead with this.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) will remain the manufacturer for Apple’s new power management chips. TSMC is the sole supplier of the iPhone’s processors. TSMC also manufactures Dialog’s power management chips for Apple. The report further states that Apple’s newly designed chips will come with the most advanced capabilities in the industry. It is also said that the new chips will have better control over the power consumption.

Analysts predict that Apple’s extended control over its chips will keep it ahead of rivals like Samsung and Huawei. This would give Apple more control over developing software and hardware which would keep it on a different level than its competitors. Apple’s decision to gain more control in manufacturing chips is said to advance further in the fields of artificial intelligence. Apple this year unveiled Face ID on the iPhone which is claimed to be the most ahead in terms of technology. Apple has also paved the way for Face ID becoming a trend which has been incorporated by OnePlus, and Huawei.

In terms of production, the report suggests that we would be seeing these newly designed chips in iPhones as early as next year. While there are others who say that it would take longer and Apple could get the chips ready latest by 2019.

  • Published Date: December 1, 2017 2:59 PM IST