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  • Apple Reportedly Acquires Chip Development Firm Passif

    This one's got "iWatch" written all over it.

    Jessica Lessin reported early Thursday that Apple has acquired a chip development firm called Passif.

    A low-key move that Apple is obviously hoping will remain largely under the radar, the purchase could be the latest clue yet that Apple is working on a wrist-worn technology that could manifest in the iWatch smartwatch we keep hearing about.

    If you're unfamiliar with Passif, the firm's chip technologies are highly specialized and designed to utilize low-power and work with low-energy Bluetooth tech.

    Its technology, which includes a radio that works with a low-energy version of Bluetooth called Bluetooth LE, is promising for health-monitoring and fitness devices that need extra-long battery life.
    Lessin says it remains unclear how much Apple paid for Passif, but the iDevice maker has reportedly been in pursuit of the firm for years.

    Sources close to the deal indicate that Apple "tried to buy Passif a few years earlier for a price in the mid-tens-of-millions of dollars."

    Source: Jessica Lessin
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Reportedly Acquires Chip Development Firm Passif started by Michael Essany View original post
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    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Wow..this technology would be great for iPhones in general.