Apple buys another mobile chip designer

The New York Times have confirmed with Apple that they have indeed finalized a deal to acquire mobile chip maker Intrinsity for $121 million.

Located in Austin, Texas, Intrinsity specializes in creating high performance chips with low power output for mobile devices. The company has previously partnered with Samsung to create processors for their line of mobile phones and media devices. Speculation over Apple’s acquisition came earlier this month with Intrinsity employees listing Apple Inc. as their new employer at the popular business networking site LinkedIn. 

It is not yet clear if the company has had any direct influence on Apple’s custom designed A4 SoC chip in the iPad, given this late revelation. P.A. Semi, a previous mobile chip designer that Apple acquired in 2008 for $278 million likely had the greatest influence on the A4 design.

Apple spokesperson Steve Dowling commented: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we do not comment on our purpose or plans.”

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Biglo said,
Yeah seems like apples making some plans for the future.
Huge plans! They have had their best revenue figures of all time, so why not!

Edited by Jebadiah, Apr 28 2010, 4:37am :

Biglo said,
Yeah seems like apples making some plans for the future.

The best way to keep all that revenue is to develop everything in-house. Still buy all the components from everyone else but tweak and optimize them to differentiate your products from the competitions. Meanwhile everyone else is using the same stock parts. Makes sense.

asdavis10 said,

The best way to keep all that revenue is to develop everything in-house. Still buy all the components from everyone else but tweak and optimize them to differentiate your products from the competitions. Meanwhile everyone else is using the same stock parts. Makes sense.

but this allows them to make the stock parts crap, so the iPhone is the best by default. with all the stuff apples done lately, they seem to be becoming the Microsoft of old. and this is seriously worrying to me.

hagjohn said,
aaahh trying to corner the market on anything new and exciting so others don't get them.

duh, that's business

presence06 said,
yay?

Big company swallows small company. Makes stock holders of small company rich (probably). Happens all the time. So yeah...umm... Yay?