Apple continues on its journey to buy companies or invest heavily in technologies to differentiate itself from the competition. a very good way to spend the nearly $ 300 billion you have in the bank, after all.
The turn of the ball Dialog Semiconductor, a manufacturer specializing in power management chips. Apple did not make a complete acquisition of the German company, but bought part of it for $ 300 million and used another $ 300 million in future investments in its technology over the next three years.
As part of the agreement, Apple obtained some patents / properties from Dialog and about 300 (!) Of its R&D (research and development) employees, who today represent 16% of its workforce. This has everything to do with Apple's plans to design its own power chips.
Although the first product we think of when talking about rumors like this is the iPhone (after all, it is Apple's current flagship), this technology can be used in almost all of Ma's lines. Better energy management is always very welcome.
"Dialog has deep expertise in chip development, and we are pleased to have this talented group of engineers who have long supported our products now working directly for Apple," said Johny Srouji, senior vice president of hardware technologies at Apple. ?Our relationship with Dialog dates back to the time of the first iPhones, and we are excited to continue this long-lasting partnership with them.?
A few hours after TechCrunch to get the scoop on the deal, Dialog's shares soared 34% on the stock exchange.