Google confirms that it has purchased a stealth company founded by former Apple employees, called Agnilux. Agnilux allegedly makes a server chip, but no one has been able to confirm this. The New York Times provided a rough sketch of the startup in February as part of a profile on Apple's A4 chip, the processing engine behind the ballyhooed iPad. It could be that Google will take the server chip IT work Agnilux has presumably done and use it as the processing engine for a tablet PC.
Google has quietly purchased a stealth company founded by former Apple
employees called Agnilux, the search engine confirmed for eWEEK April 20.
Agnilux allegedly makes a server chip, but no one has been able to confirm
this and the Website
aside from some @symbols and shadow figures of office workers.
The acquisition was first detected by PEHub,
which said the company held talks with
companies like Cisco Systems, Microsoft and Texas Instruments about a strategic
investment before landing with Google.
Agnilux was scarcely a blip on the radar, but The New York Times provided
a rough sketch of the startup in February as part of
a profile on Apple's A4 chip,
the processing engine behind the
It seems the A4, designed to process large volumes of data while consuming
little power, was developed by engineers who joined Apple in the computer maker's
$278 million purchase of PA Semi in 2008.
Some of the engineers would later leave Apple to form Agnilux, including
Agnilux CEO Amarjit Gill and Chief Operating
Officer Mark Hayter. Engineers Olof Johansson and Todd Broch joined them. The Times
said some of these PA Semi workers were upset about the grant price on their
Apple stock options.
It's time to connect the dots of what Agnilux might mean for Google. Though
the PA Semi engineers-turned-Agnilux creators only spent a short time at Apple,
Google would now have access to some degree of inside information on how Apple's
hardware processing works.
Perhaps Agnilux has made a technological breakthrough in server processing,
something major along the lines of what PeakStream
for Google when the company acquired it to boost its application
It could be that Google will take the chip work Agnilux has done and use it
as the processing engine for a possible tablet.
Remember, these Agnilux engineers did make
the A4 powering the iPad and possibly the forthcoming iPhone 4 chip.
There are a lot of unknowns here; Google told eWEEK, "We don't have any
additional information to share right now."
All the more reason this development bears watching, as Google continues to snap up companies
with fervor and do battle with Apple, now its
chief rival in the mobile computing sector.