An Apple spokesman has confirmed to Forbes that Apple has indeed bought the small chipmaker. Even though the spokesman did not reveal any details as to the why's and how's behind the deal (as is usual with Apple's policy) it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realise P.A. Semi's energy efficient chips are a good candidate for Apple's line of iPods and iPhones. "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not comment on our purposes and plans," the spokesman said. He refused to make financial statements, but someone "familiar with the deal" said USD 278 million is involved.
P.A. Semi has 150 employees working on their PowerPC chips, which they say are 300% more efficient than whatever the competition has to offer. Their chips are popular among telecommunications, networking and wireless companies, and even the vapourware new Amiga machines promised by ACK Controls were supposed to use P.A. Semi's chips. Forbes writes that "although Apple plans to continue supporting P.A. Semi's current customers, insiders suggest that Jobs plans to use future P.A. Semi chips exclusively within Apple products."
So, Apple switches from PowerPC to Intel, then buys a PowerPC chip maker, which will probably mean we'll see PowerPC chips once again in Apple's future products - not their desktops and laptops, of course, but their iPods and iPhones.