Apple granted U.S. system-on-chip patent protecting future A-series processors

“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a short but important patent relating to system-on-chip (SoC) design and manufacture, with the property likely aimed at protecting the company’s A-series mobile processors,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“SoCs like Apple’s latest A6X found in the fourth-generation iPad allow for performance in a greatly reduced space, an optimal solution for mobile devices. The ‘704 patent outlines such a system, noting that each bare die can include processors, memory, CODEC circuity, I/O controllers, communications assets, accelerometers and more,” Campbell reports. “Also called for is a flexible printed circuit board, called a flex, which couples to the SoC to provide further component space. For example, the flex can extend beyond the die to provide for one or more components which are attached to the SoC. For example, memory can be located above or below the substrate in various embodiments.”

Read more, and see Apple’s patent application illustrations and diagrams, in the full article here.

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    1. What are you suggesting? Do you think that Apple should just give up on submitting patents and let people copy their concepts? If someone is going to be armed with some backup, I would rather that it be Apple. Sometimes the patent decisions do go in Apple’s favor. For instance, the $1.05B jury recommendation against Samsung still stands. Meanwhile, Apple recently negotiated a highly favorable licensing agreement with HTC. Take a little of your own advice, payshunz, and give Apple some time to work things out.

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