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Apple's PA Semi acquisition to result in new iPhone processor after all
Apple doesn't really want the Pwrficient chips it acquired from PA Semi along with the chipmaker's engineers and patents, but it's going to keep them around for a period of time to satisfy PA Semi's current heavy-hitting customers.
EETimes says PA Semi is telling customers that it no longer plans to produce PWRficient chips after being acquired by Apple, which wants just its intellectual property and engineering talent.
A PowerPC in your iPhone?
Glaskowsky tries to make some sense of Apple's purchase of chip-design firm PA Semi.
Apple apparently wants to use PA Semi's PowerPC instruction set chips in future iPhones and iPods, which would require a port of its operating system away from ARM's chips and deal a significant blow to good friend Intel.
The Mac maker must have something in mind for the products of PA Semi, a chipmaker it acquired this week for $278 million. But what?
Power chips aren't as prevalent as they once were, but they still have a following in the telco space.
Industry vets join up at P.A. Semi to develop chips that will consume less watts and adapt to wide variety of devices.
Fujitsu plans four-core Sparc chip, IBM fires up the fabs for Xbox 360, and Intel goes slow on Itanium.