RBC: Intel in talks with Apple to build iPhone processors by Philip Elmer-DeWitt @FortuneMagazine November 30, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons FORTUNE — Hot on the heels of his colleague Amit Daryanani’s speculation about where Apple might go to supplement — or entirely replace — Samsung as the sole supplier of processors for Apple’s mobile devices, RBC Capital’s Doug Freedman reports Friday that Cupertino is already in talks with one of top contenders: Intel. Acknowledging that there’s been speculation about this in the past, Freedman moves the ball forward by spelling out the terms of a possible deal: Intel INTC would agree to use Apple’s preferred architecture for the iPhone — the one from Intel’s British rival, ARM Holdings ARMH . In return, Apple AAPL would agree to switch to Intel’s x86 architecture for the iPad. According to Freedman, Apple’s demand for 12-inch system-on-a-chip wafers in 2013 could approach 415,000 — outstripping Samsung’s ability to supply. “We believe,” he writes, that “Intel has the upper-hand due to the limitations of capacity at alternative sources” — chiefly TSMC and GlobalFoundries. He estimates that the revenue for whomever gets Apple’s foundry business will be roughly $2 billion in 2013, assuming 415,000 wafers at $5,000 a pop.