Apple snaps up Intrinsity, a chip designer that helped create the iPad’s A4 processor

by admin April 27, 2010 at 9:25 pm

The ARM design firm Intrinsity is behind both the iPad’s A4 processor and a system-on-a-chip based on ARM’s Cortex-A8 CPU blueprint that Apple put inside the iPhone and iPod touch.

The Mac maker reportedly snapped up this small, privately-owned Austin, Texas-based firm for an estimated $121 million, the New York Times reported. Sources told the paper that Intrinsity’s engineers were able to take the iPhone’s 650MHz ARM’s Cortex-A8 CPU and clock it all the way up to a 1GHz frequency.

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