Military not happy about Apple’s chip purchase

P.A. Semi, the chip design company Apple picked up for a song, is best known for its super-efficient PWRficient processor, a PowerPC variant. One of the big customers for the CPU is the Department of Defense, which makes use of it in programs in every major branch of the military, and they’re not thrilled by the possibility of Apple ending production of the chips.

Ten defense systems, to the tune of $100 million in products over the next four years, use P.A. Semi’s PWRficient processor. On Monday, P.A. Semi told its customers they were being acquired and couldn’t guarantee chip supplies anymore. (Brings us back to the problem of obsolete tech in the military.) (link)

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3 Responses to “Military not happy about Apple’s chip purchase”


  1. 1 Justin Losh April 25, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Why would this even matter, its not like they will use the exact same chip… I think the government is just paranoid…

  2. 2 jtsmyth8 April 25, 2008 at 9:32 am

    I think it’s just a case of the government against change. I’m sure they had that chip company in their back pocket but now with Apple at the helm, it maybe be a different story.


  1. 1 Military not happy about Apple’s chip purchase Trackback on April 25, 2008 at 10:43 am

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