) has held talks
with Apple (AAPL
) about manufacturing its (ARM-based) A-series mobile processors, a "source close to one of the companies" tells Reuters. The rumor comes shortly after Intel landed Altera
as a client, and a report it had landed Cisco
. Intel's manufacturing process edge - whereas TSMC/Samsung are at 28nm, Intel is at 22nm - could appeal to Apple. Reports have been around for a while that Apple is thinking of using
its A-series chips in Macs, instead of Intel CPUs.