Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jan 2010 20:21 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems And yet another item on the iPad? Are we serious? Yes, we are, since this one is about something that even geeks who aren't interested in the iPad itself should find intriguing. Steve Jobs said yesterday that the iPad is powered by an Apple A4 processor, but contrary to what many seem to think - it wasn't designed in-house at all.
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Hmm?
by kragil on Thu 28th Jan 2010 20:37 UTC
kragil
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2006-01-04

That it was ARM was known, wasn't it? (at least for me .. how else should iPhone apps work?)

So to me it seems as if it just as much Apple SOC as the Snapdragon is Qualcomms etc.

ARM offers basic designs that you can customize .. Samsung, Qualcomm and Apple are pretty equal in that regard.

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RE: Hmm?
by Delgarde on Thu 28th Jan 2010 21:51 in reply to "Hmm?"
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2008-08-19

That it was ARM was known, wasn't it?


Very much so. Although since Apple's website describe it as a "1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip", I can see how people might be under the impression it was done completely in-house.

I'm guessing that the "custom designed" part refers to the integration work done by Apple, the "system on a chip" part.

Edited 2010-01-28 21:54 UTC

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RE[2]: Hmm?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 29th Jan 2010 07:08 in reply to "RE: Hmm?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Designing a new architecture is incredibly difficult. This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who knows that. New Chip architectures are going to be increasingly rare due to the insanely high startup costs.

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RE[2]: Hmm?
by lemur2 on Fri 29th Jan 2010 10:14 in reply to "RE: Hmm?"
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2007-02-17

I'm guessing that the "custom designed" part refers to the integration work done by Apple, the "system on a chip" part.


http://www.theonion.com/content/news_briefs/frantic_steve_jobs_stay...

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