The Man Responsible for the iPhone and iPad CPU Just Left Apple for AMD

Apple's homegrown processors in their iOS devices are pretty awesome, able to outperform—and in some cases, blow away—other mobile chipsets. Jim Keller, one of the men largely responsible for that feat, is leaving. Where is he going? AMD. Ouch. » 8/01/12 9:38am 8/01/12 9:38am

Apple's PA Semi Might Not've Designed the iPad's A4 Chip

A curious tidbit from VentureBeat: The A4 chip that Apple's pimping hardcore in iPad promos might not've been done by their PA Semi team (which Apple acquired for $278 million). Their source says it was designed by Apple's existing VLSI team, who made custom chips like northbridges for the old G5 Macs. » 2/08/10 4:09pm 2/08/10 4:09pm

Apple Employee Posts Job Description On LinkedIn, Divulges Future…

Poor Wei-han Lien is probably dead right now after posting a description of his current duties—managing the ARM CPU architecutre team for the iPhone—on LinkedIn. As you know, Apple keeps all its future plans secret so Jobs doesn't stroll out on stage and announce something everyone's known for about months ( oops » 9/15/08 6:50pm 9/15/08 6:50pm). In…

Apple Goes To War (This Time Not With Microsoft)

When Apple purchased chip manufacturer P.A. Semi, the Department of Defense was worried. Why? P.A. Semi manufactures chips for ten different military systems, and has $100 million in deals with the DoD over the next four years. And the DoD never expected Apple to keep supporting the sweet, deadly chips. » 5/17/08 4:30pm 5/17/08 4:30pm

Department of Defense Unhappy With Apple Chip Company Purchase

P.A. Semi, the chip design company Apple picked up for a song, is best known for its super-efficient PWRficient processor, a PowerPC variant. One of the big customers for the CPU is the Department of Defense, which makes use of it in programs in every major branch of the military, and they're not thrilled by the… » 4/24/08 9:00pm 4/24/08 9:00pm

Apple Buys Itself a Little Chip Company Known for Super Efficient…

Click to viewApple's bought itself a chip company, P.A. Semi, that could make chips for future iPods and iPhones. The company was founded by Dan Dobberpuhl, lead designer of Alpha chips, who last year announced a 64-bit dual core processor that is said to be about 300% more efficient than the nearest competition, using … » 4/23/08 12:32am 4/23/08 12:32am