Apple acquires ARM development house Intrinsity?

Apple may have acquired ARM processor development company Intrinsity. Citing several LinkedIn profiles of former Intrinsity employees, as well as a separate report that the company had been sold, Mac Rumors reports that 16 former Intrinsity employees are now listing Apple as their current employer, several with a job change date of April 2010. According to the report, Intrinsity was gaining attention for its efforts to speed up ARM CPU designs, including working with Samsung to introduce the 1GHz Hummingbird processor last July. It remains possible that Apple has also simply recruited some of the company’s key talent, but given prior rumors of the company’s sale, it seems unlikely; Apple uses ARM-based processors in the iPhone and iPod touch, and the company’s new A4 processor that powers the iPad is believed to be based on ARM technology, as well.

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