Apple has confused the industry by acquiring P.A. Semi, makers of high-performance low-power single- and dual-core PowerPC SoCs. Since 5-13W power consumption isn’t even in the ballpark for handhelds, the broad speculation about PA6T parts in iPods and iPhones is incomprehensible. Rumor has it that P.A. Semi’s military/aerospace customers are upset about Apple declaring the nascent processors end-of-life, hinting that Apple won’t even continue with Power Architecture. So why did they do it? We guess time will tell.

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