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Apple wants PA Semi's technology, minds

updated 10:55 pm EDT, Wed April 23, 2008

Apple wants PAs technology

Apple's recent acquisition of PA Semiconductor appears to revolve around the latter company's intellectual properties and expertise, not its current products as was initially believed. AppleInsider reveals that Apple is more concerned with PA's technologies and engineers, since the semiconductor manufacturer has in the past created a dual-core 64-bit chip which only uses 15 watts of power to operate. This could allow for integration of low-consumption processors like the Intel Atom.

The move would impact many customers worldwide, including the US Department of Defense, who currently uses the efficient chipsets in some of its equipment. An insider from one of the two companies says that PA Semiconductor's technology is found in more than 10 devices used by the military, including offerings from Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

According to PA Semiconductor, Apple could potentially continue distribution by handing off production duties to third parties, until the products reach end-of-life. The cutoff could be drastic enough, however, that the Department of Defense would plead with Apple to continue distribution.

by MacNN Staff



  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Around and Around

    Duh smart guys

    Perhaps he (Mr Apple) needs a small group of guys that can ask Intel the right questions to help guide the furure.

  1. TomSawyer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Would serve them right...

    If Apple decided to cut the military off cold-turkey it would be small payback for the exclusionary tactics the federal government has practiced with respect to Apple products and the Macintosh operating system.

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