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4/23/2008 01:00 PM EDT
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lwirbel
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re: Apple enters IC market, buys PA Semi
lwirbel   4/23/2008 11:36:08 PM
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But remember, Mapou, Apple has no intention of selling processors to the merchant market. It was like Cisco buying Granite or Procket, a case of using the processor design teams and IP internally. That's why prime contractors in mil-aero want the DoD to block the sale.

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Mapou   4/23/2008 6:24:44 PM
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Wow! This is beautiful. There hasn't been so much excitement in the semiconductor industry since the late 70s. Apple seems to enjoy suprising us with strange moves every once in a while, while keeping us guessing about its intentions. What's interesting about this is not so much that PA Semi is a fabless processor vendor but that they are very good at designing low power multicore processors. In my opinion, the fact that they've been using PowerPC cores is irrelevant. What's relevant is that Apple has just entered the multicore processor market. Watch out, Intel. :-D

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lwirbel   4/23/2008 5:36:08 PM
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Wouldn't be the first time an OEM acquired a semi company for future designs, while jettisoning the old products. Think Cisco with Granite, AuroraNetics, Radiata. But what will the poor PA Semi customers like Extreme Engineering do?

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rick merritt   4/23/2008 5:18:45 PM
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It's not the first of April is it? This is weird! Why would Apple want to buy a company delivering a 15W embedded PowerPC? My guess is either the story is wrong or Apple has decided it wants a good low power PowerPC design team and will jettison PA's products. My task today is to find out if it's true and if so what its about. Got some info: drop me a line at rbmerrit@cmp.com

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