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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They ditched their new GPU architecture?
by bousozoku on Thu 28th Jan 2010 23:27 UTC
bousozoku
Member since:
2006-01-23

I find it difficult to believe that they just ditched their new GPUs that arrived in the iPhone 3G S and third generation iPod touch, especially when they have money invested in the company that provides them.

Wouldn't it make more sense to use the license they already have to create a SoC with a non-ARM-based GPU to continue what they were doing?

I think Bright Side of the News were looking for their 15 minutes of fame, like so many others who jump on an Apple event. After all, there is an "expert" in every crowd.

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aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

PA Semi architects ARM devices...this isn't much of a stretch considering the A4 is indeed an ARM chipset.

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bousozoku Member since:
2006-01-23

PA Semi architects ARM devices...this isn't much of a stretch considering the A4 is indeed an ARM chipset.


It isn't much of a stretch and doesn't take much thought, which is what most people are doing--not thinking much. It makes almost no sense that a company as good at money as Apple are to throw away money by abandoning.

The company makes purchases and investments for good reason. They have some of the best financial people in any business. There is no good reason to believe that there isn't a PowerVR-derived GPU portion in the SoC.

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