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The company rumored to be the maker of the chip inside the iPad has been acquired by Apple. It's Apple's fourth acquisition since last fall.
Apple may be looking to acquire a unit of Renesas Electronics that makes LCD chips for mobile devices, according to a Nikkei report. The deal could be worth close to half a billion dollars.
The iPhone maker has picked up Passif Semiconductor, a small California company that makes low-power communications chips.
The battle over smartphones spilled over into chip design as a top Samsung designer split for Apple.
The A6 used in the iPhone 5 may be more of an Apple creation than previous chips.
Samsung has announced one of the fastest processors to date targeted at devices like the iPhone.
Steve Jobs purportedly once told a fellow Silicon Valley CEO that 5 percent of Apple's workforce is working to improve the performance of its mobile processors.
Anobit's Memory Signal Processing technology includes proprietary signal processing algorithms along with advanced error correction and innovative flash management schemes.
Published report says Apple is exploring ways to replace Intel by using a homegrown chip design technology.
The artificial intelligence research project was spun off as an iPhone app company before landing at Apple.