“Apple will indeed support PA Semi’s line of PowerPC-based processors,” Ashlee Vance reports for The Register.
“PA Semi’s staff has started notifying a limited set of customers that the company’s existing dual-core processor will enjoy long-term support,” Vance reports. “Apple will employ a number of old PA Semi staffers just for this task, which is good news for folks making missiles, mine-sweeping gear and storage boxes… Uncle Sam hates to design new missiles only to have the guts ripped out by some dude in a mock turtleneck.”
“Apple has abandoned any efforts to push the PA Semi architecture forward,” Vance reports. “PA Semi was snatched up last month by Apple for close to $300m. Apple has yet to say why it bought the company…”
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MacDailyNews Note: MDN Reader “Linux Guy And Mac Prodigal Son,” who sent us this link, believes that “PA Semi is critical to Apple’s future plans for both mobile devices and specialized Mac motherboard chips that will defeat the would be cloners who install OS X on PCs.” That’s as good a guess as any and probably better than most. Why do you think Apple acquired PA Semi?