Feeds

Apple chucks PA Semi at Jesus Phone

'We will build our own mega-chips'

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Steve Jobs has admitted that Apple will design its very own super-chips for both the iPhone and the iPod.

Earlier this week, after his keynote speech at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, Jobs slipped a few extra words to The New York Times, and at one point - while describing his grand plan to reinvent the world of parallel computing - his mind wandered to P.A. Semi, the chip start-up Apple purchased back in April.

"P.A. Semi is going to do system-on-chips for iPhones and iPods," he said. Apple didn't respond when we tried to verify the quote, but we trust The Times.

In the wake of its P.A. acquisition, Apple was characteristically mum on its plans for the company founded by Dan Dobberpuhl, lead designer of DEC's Alpha and StrongARM chips. "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not comment on our purposes and plans," a spokesman told Forbes.

But more than a few pundits suspected that Jobs nabbed the chip maker with an eye on the Jesus Phone - and maybe the iPod too.

At the moment, the iPhone uses ARM processors and everyone thinks it was built by Samsung. But they also think Apple has more than a small say in what Samsung builds.

Well, it now looks like Apple will take many matters into its own hands.

Not all that surprising, really. But it's nice to see Steve Jobs spill the beans. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.