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Apple moves to become big player in semiconductor design

US company's chip ambitions risk disrupting supply chain

Apple has been boosting its processor capabilities through numerous acquisitions over the past few years.   © Reuters

TAIPEI Apple is expanding its development of proprietary semiconductors to better compete in artificial intelligence and reduce its reliance on major suppliers such as Intel and Qualcomm, according to industry sources in Asia.

The U.S. tech titan has long been known for its prowess in chip design, building core processors for iPhones and iPads. It has also created fingerprint chips, and designed a unique chip for AirPods that allows seamless pairing with other Apple hardware.

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