“The reported acquisition of Anobit should catapult Apple into the ranks of leading flash memory companies and mirrors what it has done with the A series of chips in its iPhone and iPad,” Brooke Crothers reports for CNET.
“It’s important to understand that Apple is not a flash memory neophyte, according to Gregory Wong, president of Forward Insights, a flash memory market intelligence company,” Crothers reports. “‘They already develop their own flash management tech,’ he said. Anobit, therefore, strengthens Apple’s existing in-house flash memory expertise, according to Wong.”
Crothers reports, “Anobit has developed a memory signal processor, or MSP, that is able to manage very high bit error rates and extend the life of flash memory devices, according to Wong… And that is important to Apple since practically all of its marquee devices now use flash as the storage medium, not traditional rotating drives. Add this burgeoning flash expertise to Apple’s formidable in-house system-on-a-chip know-how, as manifested in its A5 series of chips, and you have the makings of a chip design giant, albeit one deftly hidden inside of a device maker.”
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