Report: Apple Using PA Semi Chip in Tablet

VentureBeat yesterday reported that the processor for this machine will not, as most people assumed, be Intel's Atom processor, rather it will be designed by Apple's own chip team.

Remember Apple's acquisition of PA Semi last April? Since then, we've heard very little about Apple's plans for the chip company. We knew the chip team Apple had gained in the acquisition was designing ARM-based CPUs for iPhones and iPods, but aside from that, there has been little information on Apple's dealings with PA Semi.

VB cites an anonymous source who claims that while one half of the PA Semi team was designing chips for the iPhone and iPod, the other half was designing a processor for the tablet device.

For more about Apple's tablet check out yesterday's article or click here to read the full VB report.

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  • doc70
    ..."one half of the PA Semi team was designing chips for the iPhone and iPod, the other half was designing a processor for the tablet device"...

    hello... that's why it's called PA Semi.... ;)
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  • lifelesspoet
    I've been waiting almost a year for a quality mobile computer with an arm processor. I was hoping for a netbook form factor. Tablets are niche markets for surveyors and delivery companies, I would much prefer a keyboard.
    I can't imagine apple putting this out without handwriting recognition and the ability to run the profitable arm based app store on the platrom.
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  • bfstev
    wouldn't this be more of a MID then? I mean they had transitioned OSX to x86 so it obviously wont be running (snow)leopard unless they have an ARM port of it.

    Unless this tablet device is just an oversized ipod touch
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