Tuesday, September 10, 2013
How Apple Leverages its R&D
"In 2010, Apple unveiled the first iPad. Inside of it was a powerful custom SoC designed by Apple called the A4. Later came the A5, A5X, A6, A6X, ....none of these outstanding SoCs would even be possible if Apple didn’t make a handful of strategic acquisitions over the last few years. In 2008, Apple picked up P.A. Semi ..., 2010 saw the acquisition of Intrinsity for ..., and Passif Semiconductor was purchased earlier this year"
See Apple iPad 4 – A6X teardown
Flash NAND is remaking computers, servers, mobile tablets, and cell phones architecture and Apple realizes it.
"Anobit Technologies was founded in Israel in 2006. It developed dozens of patents for flash controllers,...Apple uses so many NAND chips in iPads, iPhones, iPods, and Macs, ...Apple acquired ... in December 2011 ... Any competitive edge Apple can find for creating cheaper and better flash-based devices holds the potential to drastically change its production chain. Flash storage is constantly improving, and it’s in Apple’s best interest to stay on the cutting edge of speed and reliability improvements."
HDR photography, face detection, and iAds will be integrated in future Apple products (see below).
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