If you’re worried about solid state storage availability and you have a war chest the size of Apple’s, chances are you’re going to look for solutions. According to TechCrunch, Apple is looking into purchasing Anobit:
[quote]Apple is reportedly going to use part of its enormous pile of cash to buy an Israeli fabless semiconductor company that specializes in flash storage solutions. Calcalist reports – in Hebrew – that the world’s most valuable company is in talks to buy Herzliya Pituach, Israel-based Anobit for $400 million to $500 million.[/quote]
That’s pretty huge, but what worries me is the first five sentences of the next paragraph in the article. It reads, “If the report checks out.” That’s a pretty big IF, if you ask us.
The article reads like fact, but there are a lot of ifs, and likelys scattered throughout. It sounds like a rumor when you start reading it and putting the pieces together. We just wanted to point that out so you realize that this is far from confirmed at this point.
According to Robin Wauters, the TechCrunch reporter, Apple may be interested in Anobit for “MSP-powered MSP20xx embedded flash controllers for smartphones and tablet computers, which can significantly boost memory performance.”
Over the last couple of months we’ve seen Apple move to secure their standing in the industry and protect their investments by diversifying their parts pools and even moving some of their production to Brazil.
Apple has always been big on developing key components to their products in house. Apple purchased P.A. Semi in 2008 to add their workforce to Apple’s, and develop custom chips for the iPod and iPhone which later turned into the A4 and A5 chips.