Apple Intrinsity Buy Could Be a Boon for the iPad
Apple has completed the purchase of Intrinsity, a chip maker that worked on a high-power processor for the iPad, according to the New York Times. As Android-running smartphones such as the Droid Incredible catch up to the iPhone, Intrinsity may help Apple keep the iPad well ahead of competitors.Apple has bought chip maker Intrinsity, according to The New York Times, a move that could have a significant impact in the evolution of the company's iPad tablet PC.
The deal closed in late March, for a purchase price of $121 million, according to Tom Halfhill, editor of the Microprocessor Report newsletter. The figure - nearly half of what Apple paid for chip designer P.A. Semi in 2008 - should hardly put a dent in the pile of money that, in February, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said he was saving for a "big, bold" move.
Though maybe not big and bold, the deal provides Apple with a considerable jump on its competitors. While several chips on the market offer speeds of 650MHz, Intrinsity's A4 chip is said to hit 1,000MHz. The A4 is said to be behind the Apple iPad's exceptional battery life.
King points out that while the iPhone was revolutionary when it came out, current and soon-to-arrive devices, particularly those running Android, are beginning to catch up, if not pass it.
With Intrinsity, Apple may have found the answer.
According to the Times, Intrinsity worked with a division of Samsung to produce the iPad's A4 chip - which perhaps sheds new light on The Korea Times' April 19 report that Apple, and not Samsung, will produce the AP (application processor) chips planned for the iPhone 4G.
News of the Intrinsity purchase should additionally put an end to the rumors of Apple's interest in acquiring ARM Holdings, which currently provides chips for the iPhone.