Google buys Agnilux; startup populated by former Apple, P.A. Semi and TiVo employees

Apple Online Store“Google and Apple continue to find themselves on opposite sides of the world, as Google has apparently agreed to buy a chip-design start-up populated by former Apple employees,” Tom Krazit reports for CNET.

“Thomson Reuters’ PEHub reported Tuesday that Agnilux, a stealth chip start-up in San Jose, Calif., is Google’s latest acquisition,” Krazit reports. “A company spokesman confirmed [the deal]… Little is known about Agnilux other than the fact that it was founded by former employees of P.A. Semi, the chip start-up Apple bought in 2008.”

Krazit reports, “The New York Times attempted to track down details about the company in February and didn’t get very far, but was able to confirm that several former P.A. Semi and Apple employees were among the co-founders, as well as Scott Redman, a former software architect at TiVo.”

Full article here.

[Attribution: Gizmodo. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]


  1. California laws are very broad regarding non-competes and work-outs. As long as there is no substantive proof that IP has been stolen, you will not get very far with a non-compete or work-out in CA. It is why there is such robust innovation going on in that part of country. If you don’t think you are being properly rewarded or not being heard, are competent enough to do a start-up and can raise the required equity, you can go for it and not be too concerned about being legally blocked. Something about free-market and all that jazz.

  2. for a company that exhorts everyone to do no evil i think it is interesting that they bought a company whose name could be interpreted as latin for “the light of the lamb”.

  3. I’m a bit worried about this.

    Apple acquired PA-Semi and its brains escaped the company leaving Apple with a empty shell. They got the IP, but they really wanted to build awesome stuff so I don’t think they got much out of it.

    Now, the runaway brains form a company and get bought by Google. If they don’t leave to form another startup, I take it they hat Apple and will work with Google to bring it down.

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