Intel Sells XScale Processor Business to Marvell
How ironic a development can this be?
Apple ends production of its pioneering PDA; the Newton, stays afloat in lean times by selling its shares of ARM (the processor producer that made the chips and technology used in the Newton) to Intel, Intel restructures ARM into XScale. Apple starts to use Intel chips; Intel sells Xscale.
Honestly, after analyzing the PDA market further ... I saw the hopes of a new Newton fade in favor of an Apple iPhone. It is highly probable that Apple's iPhone will have PDA functionality ... obviously it will have to interface with an address book (moreso than the iPod does now). It is also probable that the Apple iPhone will have a high end (but low power) processor in it so it can handle the feature set that it will have and potentially handle high end peripherals as well. I don't think the XScale/ARM processor (which is RISC based) fit in with Apple's processor roadmap or its processor requirements for future devices.
I think Apple wants to program and produce for Intel chips (CISC) and move away from PowerPC (RISC) based chips.