updated 10:25 am EDT, Mon September 15, 2008
PA Semi Preps iPhone ARM
The staff of Apple's recently acquired PA Semiconductor are working on a new, internally developed ARM processor for the iPhone, the LinkedIn profile former PA Semi senior manager Wei-han Lien has revealed. Although now changed to abstract his work, the entry at the job connection website has slipped that he is now managing an ARM architecture team at Apple working specifically on the iPhone. The news not only suggests that a self-made design will replace the Samsung chip but that Apple has no immediate plans to use Intel's Atom processor in its smallest handhelds.
The news also supports earlier evidence that ARM has given a license to Apple. The group, which is responsible for managing the mobile processor architecture announced a licensee in late July which was uncharacteristically secretive and referenced only a company that likes to have more control over its hardware.
It's unclear whether other PA Semi transfers will be developing for other mobile devices or for Macs. Speculation surfaced immediately after the takeover that PA Semi's expertise would be used for a custom computer platform but has not been substantiated since the official announcement. [via New York Times]