蘋果將自行為 iPhone 研發晶片?

紐約時報New York Times)報導(原文:New iPhone Chip Will Cost an ARM and a Missile),蘋果Apple)的資深晶片研發團隊經理 Wei-han Lien 之前在商務社交網站 LinkedIn 描述自己的工作內容時,提到他正忙於為下一代 iPhone 研發 ARM 晶片。

Wei-han Lien Profile in LinkedIn

此項消息在曝光後,便引來各界注目,因此,另據 The Register 網站報導指出,Lien 在該網站的檔案已經默默消失。

In a recent update to his profile on Linked-In, Wei-han Lien, previously an engineer at PA Semiconductor, noted that he’s been working as “senior manager chip CPU architect” for Apple since April of this year. His main task there has been to “manage [the] ARM CPU architecture team for iPhone,” Lien said in a profile that subsequently disappeared from LinkedIn, but not before being captured by The New York Times.

據了解,蘋果在 2008 年 4 月間買下了成立僅 5 年的 P.A. Semi,創辦人是 Dan Dobberpuhl,即是 1990 年代大型主機業者迪吉多Digital Equipment)旗下知名的 AlphaStrongARM 微處理器首席設計師。

P.A. Semi 在被蘋果買下前規模並不大,僅有約 150 名員工,不過,P.A. Semi 設計的低功耗與高效能的微處理器晶片,對未來 iPhoneiPod 等產品進一步的研發相當有利。由於 Lien 是 P.A. Semi 的工程師。因此,蘋果買下 P.A. Semi 之後,Lien 也進入蘋果工作。

而據 Wired News 網站報導指出,儘管這項消息可能洩漏了蘋果正在私下進行的事,也破壞了蘋果對新產品守口如瓶的低調傳統,不過對於一向喜愛掌控一切的蘋果,這項無意走漏的消息,只是證實了蘋果正在朝各界揣想的方式前進。
 
 
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