Apple may have the power (and not to mention the money) to acquire any company that they set their eyes on such as PA Semi, but the $38 million question is, “Why?” The answer to that question seems fairly simple. PA Semi is a maker of cost-efficient chipsets. So what would they be best put to work on? Why, making chips, of course.
Apple confirms in WWDC 2008 that PA Semi will indeed be making new chips for them, possibly for the release of the next generation models of its current devices.
Steve Jobs himself took on the task to reveal the real reason behind the PA Semi purchase back in April of this year.
“PA Semi is going to do system-on-chips for iPhones and iPods.”
And now that the cat’s out of the bag, this could spell the beginning of the end for high-priced Apple products. Couple PA Semi’s knack for cost-effectiveness and Apple’s goal of reaching more of the masses, we could be seeing very affordable, and yet still as stylish and powerful, Apple products in the near future. And that’s a good thing.
Via Cult of Mac
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