Apple snaps up Intrinsity, a chip designer that helped create the iPadÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s A4 processor
The ARM design firm Intrinsity is behind both the iPadÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s A4 processor and a system-on-a-chip based on ARMÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 IntrinsityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s engineers were able to take the iPhoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 650MHz ARMÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cortex-A8 CPU and clock it all the way up to a 1GHz frequency.
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