SAN JOSE, Calif. -- IBM Corp. has filed a suit against Apple Computer Inc. in an effort to prevent a key chip designer from joining Apple, according to Cnet and AppleInsider.
Mark Papermaster, IBM's vice president of microprocessor technology development, will shortly join Apple, according to the reports.
''IBM is suing Papermaster to prevent him from joining Apple and divulging trade secrets related to IBM's Power chips and server products, according to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York,'' the Cnet report says.
What will Papermaster do at Apple? The Cnet article can be read here.
The AppleInsider article can be read here.
Apple has taken several steps to beef up its IC design efforts. In its signature secretive fashion, Apple earlier this year scooped up embedded PowerPC designer PA Semi Inc. for a reported $278 million last week without saying a word to investors or even PA Semi's customers about what it has in mind for the low-power-processor startup.