Thursday, April 22, 2010

Google's Agnilux acquistion

For the past two days there has been a great deal of discussion in the business and technology press about Google's acquisition of the secretive start-up company Agnilux. Agnilux was founded by individuals who had been part of the Apple team which developed the chip for the iPad.

There had been some speculation that Google would use Agnilux to develop low power processors for cloud computing servers.

The New York Times, however, ran an article asserting that the company was primarily purchased for its expertise in hardware-software integration, and that their primary focus may be to port Chrome and Android onto other platforms (tablets for example).

The founders of Agnilux include Amarjit Gill, Puneet Kumar, and Mark Hayter, all of whom were officials at P.A. Semi, and were absorbed into Apple when that company was aquired by Apple. At P.A. Semi Gill had been the VP for Sales and Business Development, Kumar had been the VP for Systems Software, and Hayter was the Chief Systems Architect and VP for Systems Engineering.

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