Thursday, February 11, 2010
Monday, February 08, 2010
- efficiency (exactly what they need, no more)
- cost: a big upfront development cost to slash the per-part cost
Some additional details, not quite as juicy, follow in How Apple’s A4 chip lets iPad run cooler, save battery life. I was most surprised at the claim from "a very trusted source" that PA Semi didn’t do the A4. It was the existing VLSI team. Could it be true? All other speculation I read was that this was the fruit of Apple's investment in PA Semi. (Although PA Semi was working on PowerPC designs, and the iPad's A4 is almost surely ARM-based.)
Monday, February 01, 2010
Update: Business Week's A4 story. I was never expecting Intel to be a contender for the iPad design win. And how does an analyst already estimate the cost of the A4 chip and the iPad's bill of materials? Has anyone got their hands on one outside of Apple?