Monday, July 24, 2006
Today's History Lesson: Apple AMD ARM ATi & why it could all be a Pain in the "A"
Chips & Technologies made the video chip for the PowerBook Duo ... Apple stopped using C&T when Intel bought them out.
Intel completes purchase of ARM (buying majority of shares from Apple)
Intel sells Chips & Technologies
Apple licenses USB from Intel
Apple gets mad at ATI over leaking the Daisy iMac ... Apple starts using Nvidia as a "dual supplier" for video card technology in both desktops and laptops
... Intel released USB 2.0 to directly compete with (Apple created) firewire
AMD starts to have greater than 50% marketshare
AMD joins Apple in Hyperthreading Consortium
Firewire was dropped from the iPod (around the time it was being rumored and obviously happening) when Intel / Apple teamed up for the new Intel Macs.
Intel sells ARM (ARM made processors for PDAs and for the Apple Newton PDA)
AMD and Intel trade blows over the past few weeks with "My processor can beat up your processor" talk
AMD attempts buy of ATi
Is it just me thinking this or could this be the beginning of a real problem for Apple. I can't see how Apple won't express objections to the merger with the FTC.
Further, I would suspect that ATi holds both Apple and Intel and "combined" intellectual property that is not privvy to the eyes of AMD.
Apple is the only PC manufacturer that is locked into Intel processors.
While I realize Sony makes competing computers against Apple and yet supplies drives and other components of Apple computers, as does Panasonic ... I don't see how the "very public and very backhanded" fight between AMD & Intel could possibly be a healthy one in this particular situation.
Please add your thoughts on the problems this merger could entail in the comments.
For an in depth view of this merger ... visit ARS TECHNICA at this link: ATi/AMD Merger