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Apple Confirms Acquisition of Passif Semiconductor

Apple recently acquired Silicon Valley-based wireless chip developer Passif Semiconductor for an undisclosed sum.

Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette confirmed the deal with the company’s standard statement on small acquisitions: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

Passif’s expertise lies in low-power communication chips with very small footprints, something Apple could presumably bring to bear on future iPhones and iPads — or as-of-yet unannounced wearable devices like, say, a watch or band.

Apple’s purchase of Passif is the latest in a recent string of acquisitions that includes crowdsourced location data company Locationary and online transit-navigation app maker HopStop. And it adds considerable heft to the company’s already considerable semiconductor design talent built around earlier acquisitions of PA Semi and Intrinsity.

News of the deal was first reported by former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald