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According to the following article:

From the inside out, the iPod is built to last. Toshiba makes its capacious 1.8-inch hard drive. Its FireWire interface controller comes from Texas Instruments, its lithium battery from Sony, its flash memory chip from Sharp.

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<a href="http://newsobserver.com/business/story/1762421p-1772569c.html" target="_blank">http://newsobserver.com/business/story/1762421p-1772569c.html</a>
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post #2 of 9
And the processor is made by Intel.
post #3 of 9
Processor is from ARM, with it's decoder from portal player... (not sure if you were sarcastic or not)
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[quote]Originally posted by chych:
<strong>Processor is from ARM, with it's decoder from portal player... (not sure if you were sarcastic or not)</strong><hr></blockquote>

Intels owns ARM
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95% percent of the boat is owned by Microsoft, but the 5% Apple controls happens to be the rudder!
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post #5 of 9
Intel does not own ARM.
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Well the processor in my PocketPC is an genuine Intel StrongARM. I think it's a joint venture or something. Besides, what's the big flucking deal if the iPod had a little Intel inside?

Also, did anyone think that Apple made the components of the iPod? Just checking. <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
post #7 of 9
all macintosh's have components from Intel inside.

Just check your Motherboard. :cool:
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Intel doesn't own ARM. They also have no holdings in or partnership in ARM.

ARM licenses chip designs to manufacturers, they don't manufacture anything themselves.

Intel is an architectural licensee of ARM products, which gives them a little more freedom with how they implement things, but they have no stake in ARM at all and the iPod's processors aren't from Intel. I'd assume the iPod processors are from either IBM or Motorola or one of the cheap Taiwanese manufacturers.

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When I said the processor was made by Intel, it was with knowledge that it was a type of ARM processor. I am aware that the Newtons also used ARM processors, and in the case of the 2000 series, they used StrongARMs. Since they were labeled as "Intel ARM" processors from the source I got that information from, I assumed that "ARM" was just a type of embedded processor. Apparently I was wrong, whoops.

BTW, I have no problem with Intel processors being inside iPods, or anything like that. I like Macs but I don't think the platform is "sacred" or anything weird like that. Intel is just another tech company. Who cares if they happen to get along with Apple on this one point?

EDIT: I realized that AMD has been making components that go inside Macs for at least 14 years now. Inside an SE motherboard labeled 1986, there was a chip with the AMD logo on it, right next to the SCSI port. I believe the chip is a SCSI controller chip. So AMD has probably been in most SCSI-equipped Macs, starting with the Plus and ending with the Lombard, though I'm sure there were more suppliers of them somewhere in between as well.

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