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If there is money to be made...

I'm sure that Apple will not leave money on the table. If the DOD still wants the chips, then that intellectual property will be worth spinning off.

On the 'conspiracy-theory' side... Apple just posted updated documentation on securing OS X for government (military?) purposes.

Perhaps this is Apple's way of playing hardball with the government... "You want the chips? Have you seen our X-Serves?"

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The Apple Army Mac

The US Army is shifting more of its IT infrastructure towards the Mac to thwart hacking attempts.

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/07/12/23/army_steps_up_mac_orders_security_fix_reissued_x_factor_lawsuit.html

Sounds like classic linear integration. You are selling more systems to the army so you tailor the servers for the market and buy up one of the armys main chip suppliers. My guess is once they have them buying thier computers, chips and servers the Apple Army relationship will increase sales of other apple products to the army. Maybe Apple TV's, iPods/phones, wireless, keyboards mice and screens. Apple could make a lot of money out of a strong relationship with the Army.

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Apple could careless

Apple's purchase of PA Semi has nothing to do with trying to get in with the military. And I'm sure Apple will do everything they can to kill PA's current product and the cost of support that would go along with it. They strictly wanted a good engineering team to lock down their next iPhone chip to push some hardware propriety into the phone and keep competitors at bay.

Steve Jobs vs the DOD? Hmm, I wonder who will win that battle? Expect the DOD to have to go looking for a PA Semi replacement. This would be a good time for Freescale to get their acts together and win this business back.

-Eric

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Apple V DOD

It's not a case of Apple v the DOD. They are already a client of Apple. Apple now own the suppler of another of their tech needs. I have not seen anything saying Apple will stop the production of these chips. I'm sure Apple are doing what the do best and trying to wean the DOD off these chips and sell them more Apple products.

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