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Google acquires startup formed by PA Semi defectors

updated 10:45 pm EDT, Tue April 20, 2010

Agnilux remains quiet regarding its operations

Google has reportedly acquired Agnilux, a startup that was formed by former executives and workers from PA Semi, according to peHUB. A recent report suggests PA Semi founder and CEO Dan Dobberpuhl was the most recent defector from the group that had subsequently worked for Apple after its purchase of the chip company in 2008 for $278 million.

Other ex-PA semi employees at Agnilux reportedly include engineers Olof Johansson and Todd Broch, COO Mark Hayter and CEO Amarjit Gill. Linley Group analyst Linley Gwennap suggests many of the departing team members were "start-up kind of people" that may have been "chafing" within the structure of Apple.

Agnilux has remained mum regarding details of its activities, although a New York Times report suggests the startup was focusing on server technology. Apple was said to have been interested in PA Semi to design system-on-a-chip (SoC) components for its range of mobile devices such as iPhones and iPods.

Google has confirmed the acquisition, although additional details have yet to be disclosed.




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  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    They're kidding!

    Don't tell me Google wants to get into hardware now. Google seems to be snatching companies willy-nilly. Does Google really think it can go heads up against current solid companies by making hardware and OSes for mobile devices? Google has a pretty good search and ad business and they're gonna start dicking around with a chip company? It just makes no sense to me if the end result is going to be trying to sell it's own products. They couldn't even make a decent go out of the Nexus One.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    LOL

    Google failed pretty miserably with their N1 in the market. Waste of money.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Too much fun

    Google's got too much money now. They are in the shopping frenzy.

  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Google is the New Microsoft

    Just watch how much everything of their's is going to start sucking!

  1. vriva

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Not so quick

    They may be able to pull this off. Not too long ago many people were saying the same when the iPhone was first announced. And before that Apple was in such bad shape few thought it would survive. Google is a huge, rich, and smart company—they may pull this off. Though I really really hope not.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Re: They're kidding


    >>Does Google really think it can go heads up against current solid companies by making hardware and OSes for mobile devices?

    YES IT CAN.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Not new Microsoft, the Borg

    No, I think they are worse than Microsoft, more like the Borg. They want to own, run, and make EVERYTHING; electricity, phones, OSes, you name it and they want a piece of it. They don't have any morals. They just want to assimilate everything in to their collective. Their ultimate goal is the world.

    People need to stop using their "free" services. All it is doing when people use these services are feeding them more information and making them more powerful.

    The idiot handset makers who are betting the bank on Android are in for a surprise. Sure, profits may be up now, but it won't be long when there are so many handsets running Android with similar specs that it will become commoditized just like how the PC market has become. When that happens, the only thing they can do is compete on price and they will once again find themselves hanging on to the slimmest of margins trying to explain to shareholders what the heck is going on. When that happens, the only winner will be Google.

    Needless to say, I've grown to really hate and fear Google. I hope more of you learn to fear them as well.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Re: new borg


    The idiot handset makers who are betting the bank on Android are in for a surprise. Sure, profits may be up now, but it won't be long when there are so many handsets running Android with similar specs that it will become commoditized just like how the PC market has become.


    So what would you consider to be a better move? That all the handset makers develop their own OSes? Because once that happens, people will be laughing talking about how nothing is interoperable and your stuck with a phone.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    @ chefpastry


    >> I've grown to really hate and fear Google.

    And so you should - fear them at least.

    Embrace them as they are the new IT Gods come to rescue us from the Tyrannical whims of the Steve Jobs and the Apple Machine.

    RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.

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