Apple buys PowerPC manufacturer PA Semi.Cheeseburger Melbourne Fun Underground writes "Just one day before Appel reports quarterly earnings, Forbes reports that Apple has snapped up super-efficient PowerPC chip maker P.A. Semi. Founded in 2003, P.A. Semi has one flagship product, the PA6T-1682, a 2.0GHz 64 bit dual-core PowerPC based system on a chip that consumes just between 5 and 13 Watts. Apple had once been in talks with P.A. Semi regarding replacement PowerPC CPUs for their ailing PowerBook line, but those talks petered out after the switch to Intel. Forbes speculates that P.A. Semi's products may be used in the iPhone and iPod, but an efficient but powerful system on a chip using such low power may be more suited to a future cooler-running and smaller MacBook Air."
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