Apple Sticks with Freescale Chips Through 2008
Smoothing Apple's transition to Intel, Freescale Semiconductor will continue to supply microprocessors to Apple for some time. (ExtremeTech)Freescale Semiconductor will be required to supply microprocessors to Apple Computer through 2008, according a regulatory filing issued late Friday. Apple Computer Inc., which said in June that it would shift the design of its personal computers from the PowerPC to an Intel-designed X86 microprocessor beginning in 2006, currently uses the Freescale chips to power its notebook computers and the Mac mini desktop. To read more about what may have motivated Apples switch to Intel processors, click here.
Apple also said in June that it would complete its switch by the end of 2007, a year earlier than the new Freescale contract Apple signed.