Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jan 2010 23:31 UTC, submitted by jebb
Apple Now this is material that piques my interest more than anything: insights from one of the bigger names in the industry. Jean-Louis Gassee debunks the "Apple-must-license-its-software-or-die" myth by looking back upon the past - and if you don't know who JLG is, then please take that dunce hat and stand in the corner for three hours, contemplating your existence. Note: OSNews has a bug with using diacritic marks on the front page, so JLG's name is misspelled. It is correctly spelled in the article body.
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I thought ARM produced the processor chips they sell.

Well you are mistaken. They don't own any fab.

Are they really just a licensing office that manages the ARM brand without any physical production?

Still incorrect! It's true that they don't produce any physical thing but they don't license only the brand.. They design CPU implementations compatible with leading fab process and sell the right to use those HDL designs (and the corresponding programming / debugging tools).

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I hadn't realized they where licensing out the designed process. I'd have thought they'd simply contract the fabrication time from capable factories similar to how many other retail products are done.

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