Printed from http://www.electronista.com

ARM gives license to mystery phone maker

updated 01:45 pm EDT, Wed July 30, 2008

ARM License May Be Apples

Mobile chipmaker ARM has handed out a mystery architecture license for its processors, the company revealed Wednesday while discussing its latest quarterly results. The company unusually declines to say which manufacturer it may be but notes that the particular licensee is a "leading handset OEM [original equipment manufacturer]" and that the deal would give the unnamed firm much more direct control over building and using chips -- a deal the new partner wants, ARM explains.

"Some handset manufacturers want to have more control over the design of their handset, including the components within it, than others," says ARM chief Warren East. "And it's as simple as that."

East also notes that the future plans would help the company establish its future roadmap and that the plans would apply to "mobile computing devices" rather than just phones.

Speculation points to Apple as a potential candidate for the license. The company already uses a Samsung ARM processor at the core of the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPod touch and is increasingly turning towards custom-designing its components. The California electronics label recently acquired PA Semiconductor with the intent of using its expertise to design custom components and is notably buying out a firm best known for its low-power, embedded designs.

Such a license is rare irrespective of the final buyer; while companies such as Samsung often license ARM architecture for themselves due to their sheer range of products and manufacturing scale, Apple and most smaller electronics companies have often had to purchase generic chips from these companies and thus lose out on optimizing their devices for more features or better performance.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. chas_m

    Joined:

    -1

    DUH!

    Of course it's Apple -- who else shrouds their moves in such secrecy?

  1. slapppy

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2008

    -1

    Leading Handset OEM

    Wouldn't that be Nokia? From their practically free ones to high end ones, they are the leading seller if you count those cheap models.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

DoxieGo Portable Scanner

Sometimes, people need to scan things, but having a computer at hand to do so isn't exactly feasible. Maybe it's the home of a relativ ...

Dell AD211 Bluetooth speaker

For all of the high-priced, over-engineered Bluetooth speakers in the electronics market, there is still room for mass-market solution ...

VisionTek 128GB USB Pocket SSD

USB flash drives dealt the death blow to both the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, sp ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News