Apple Buys P.A. Semi CPU Designers

Apple has shocked people in the technology world today by buying P.A. Semi for $278 million.

For those of you who are not already aware, P.A. Semi is a fabless chip designer, one that specializes in low power PowerPC processors.

Computer World reports that:

P.A. Semi was in the running as Apple’s processor of choice three years ago when Apple was making a decision between PowerPCs from P.A. Semi and IBM or Intel x86. Apple obviously chose Intel but P.A. did offer a compelling choice at the time – but wasn’t perhaps tested enough.

StrongARM Chip

There is also the issue of how the founder of P.A. Semi has a history of designing StrongARM chips, which are used in many of our most popular mobile devices including the iPod Touch and iPhone.

Now that Apple has decided to buy this microprocessor chip company, we wonder if it was a great idea, as it is rather hard to see Apple embracing their power-based 64-bit PWRficient processors. Maybe this means that Apple will be switching back to the PowerPC processors.

This comes as quite a surprise to many of us but it does seem to appear that Apple will be heading down the two platform road. We will definitely keep you updated on this.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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