Forbes: Apple to take control of iPhone processor design

“Apple likely will be taking a hand in designing the ARM-based processors it now buys from rival handset maker Samsung, using an in-house team of chip designers led by Papermaster. “I would look for PA Semi to play a role, and for Papermaster to be a leader of that,” says Roger Kay, president of tech tracker Endpoint Technologies Associates,” Brian Caulfield reports for Forbes.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs “has never been content selling products that can be easily copied by his competitors. Apple reported that it sold 6.9 million iPhones in the most recent quarter, surpassing the 6.8 million sales tallied by rival Research in Motion,” Caulfield reports.

MacDailyNews Take: Incorrect. This is at least the second time that Caulfield has mistakenly reported that RIM sold 6.8 million units last quarter when, in fact, RIM sold 6.1 million units; 700,000 units less than the amount Caulfield insists on repeatedly reporting. Whether he’s just repeating his original mistake or trying to pump RIM’s numbers and/or diminish Apple’s thumping of RIM is unknown. We’d just like Caulfield to finally get it right for a change. For some reason, we suspect he will from now on:

Caulfield continues, “Jobs plans to take control of the design of the processors inside the company’s iPhone, and putting a chip designer in charge of engineering the iPhone platform is the surest sign of that.”

Full article here.


  1. As stated in an earlier MDN article

    The PowerPC 630 (or Power3) was ultimately used in IBM mainframe computers but was originally built with the intention of going in desktops – perhaps Apple’s. Papermaster was one of the main architects of this processor,” Weintraub reports. “Since then, he has authored many papers on chip design and is generally regarded as one of the leaders in the chip design field.”

  2. It seems the bloggers who said the iPhone was more a new platform than a phone are being proved correct ***cough JC Dvorak*** – new design plant, new leadership, new expertise, new SDK, ranges from iPod to Phone/Music/Internet, multi-touch input, etc.

    Maybe Papermaster needs to pull up the pirate flag over the iPod division.

  3. Most consumers could give two shits about what chip is running their iPhone. Differentiating the end user experience is the ultimate goal, but I think it is a stretch to believe that a custom chipset will get you there.

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