Apple rumored to be courting ARM Holdings

By on April 22, 2010 at 10:19 AM.

Apple rumored to be courting ARM Holdings

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ARM Holdings, the Cambridge-based company which holds the licensing rights to the majority of processors found in modern mobile devices, is said to be in Apple’s shopping list. Apple, purported to be ARM’s largest customer, pays the company royalties for each iPod and iPhone sold. An unnamed trader speculated to The Evening Standard that Apple would likely offer ARM 400p per share, or £5.2 billion ($8 billion USD). Shares in ARM Holdings closed Wednesday on the London Stock Exchange at 250.5p, up 3.09%. Last April, Apple acquired chipmaker PA Semi for $278 million. Earlier this month rumors began circulating that Apple had bought out the privately owned and Texas-based ARM design firm Intrinsity, a company which built its reputation a upon its energy efficient microprocessors. Many believe that Intrinsity’s acceleration technology plays a key role in the A4 processor found in the iPad. If Apple were to acquire ARM, there is every possibility it could fall victim to an anti-trust legislation as it would be in a position where it could exert undue influence upon its competition which also rely heavily upon ARM. One thing is for certain, almost every mobile device manufacturers is probably sweating at the thought of this actually happening… More →

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Industry exec: Next iPhone to feature A4-based chipsets

By on April 19, 2010 at 6:30 PM.

Industry exec: Next iPhone to feature A4-based chipsets

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Samsung is reported to be singing the blues as it scrambles to recover from the partial loss of one of its largest customers. According to the Korea Times, which cites an anonymous industry executive, Apple will indeed discontinue its tradition of using Samsung-designed processors with its next iPhone. In its place, the phone will run a modified version of Apple’s A4 processor which just so happens to be proficient in handling 720p playback. It’s not a complete loss for Samsung considering it’s expected the electronics giant will be entrusted with manufacturing the chip, but no doubt Apple’s decision to keep mobile processor design in-house will effect Samsung’s bottom line. At this point it’s hard to say how much the iPad and iPhone chips will will differ from one another — size and battery life being the two key obstacles — but it seems safe to say Apple won’t sit idly by while everyone else brags about their smartphones having processors that clock in around the 1GHz mark. More →

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