In an earnings call this week, Intel CEO Paul Otellini dismissed the idea that the company was making processors based on the ARM design, such as Apple’s “A” series chips, reports “CNET” (

However, did seem to leave an opening for his successor, depending how you choose interpret his comments about the foundry business, the article adds.

“It would be great if we could form a strategic relationship with a customer so that it went beyond just a single foundry transaction,” Otellini said. The CEO will be leaving Intel in about a month, so we’ll see what his successor thinks on the matter.