Apple ups stake in UK mobile chippery
Still chasing Intel
Updated Apple and Intel have seen the future, and it's mobile - and both companies are putting big money into a UK company whose chip designs are becoming increasingly attractive to companies battling in the mobile arena.
According to Imagination, these shares plus "recent share purchases that Apple has notified IMG that it has made in the open market" - 11.52 million of them, as reported by TheStreet.com - brings Cupertino's ownership stake in the Hertfordshire, England company to 9.5 per cent.
But Apple is still well behind Intel in Imagination-shareholder status. Just last Thursday, Chipzilla acquired a hefty 25 million Imagination shares. Add those to 900,000-plus shares it acquired in late December of last year and the 6 million it snagged back in late 2006, and Intel's total Imagination holdings now total holdings just under 32 million - that's 13.99 per cent of the company.
Lest you think a takeover is in the works, Xbit reports that Intel informed the London Stock Exchange that they have "no current intention to make an offer for Imagination Technologies Group."
No parallel statement has been made by Apple - but with Intel holding nearly 14 per cent of Imagination, Cupertino doesn't have to.
In related news, MacRumors has reported that the iPhone 3GS appears to use Imagination's PowerVR SGX535 graphics processor - a more-powerful member of the company's PowerVR SGX line than previously thought.
There are also even-beefier PowerVR SGX chips in the Imagination pipeline, such as the multicore PowerVR SGX543MP that the company revealed at - where else? - the Multicore Expo in March. Perhaps one of those babies might find itself in the oft-rumored Apple tablet/netbook/media-pad/ebook/whatever. ®
Thanks to a Reg reader for pointing out that Intel completed another purchase of just over 4.6 million shares on the 19th, informing Imagination on the 23rd. This latest transaction brings Intel's holdings to over 36.6 million shares, or just over 16 per cent of voting rights.
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ARM don't own any chip manufacturing and don't want to. They get a cut from everyone using ARM designs in their chip manufacturing.
Would be interesting to see a tablet designed around the iPhone OS (or similar) made with mobile components. The iPhone can achieve around 10 hours of fairly light usage with a pretty small battery - a tablet could have a much larger battery and perhaps very good battery life (depending on the screen I guess)...
I'd say they're mostly waiting for flash prices to come down, I'd say a tablet needs at least 64GB of memory - or perhaps we'll see an SD slot like the MacBook Pros have now?
Why don't ARM buy these guys out ?
I'm thinking along the lines of AMD buying ATI. OK, that isn't working yet.. !