To stay ahead, one must always strive for greatness. This is not exactly a new mantra for Apple, but it seems like the company is doing just that. In an effort to be self-sufficient, Apple is putting much effort into securing its own intellectual properties.
A few days ago, it was reported that the Cupertino company has already decided to stop paying royalties to its GPU architecture provider for its ARM SoCs. This sparked a rumor that Apple will be designing its own GPU after a few years. Now, a new rumor seems to suggest that the company is also planning on looking at power management chips for its line of mobile devices.
According to Reuters, Apple has been poaching engineers from Dialog, its power management chip provider, for the iPhone and iPad. To date, Apple has already hired around 80 engineers for its PMIC research labs in California and Munich.
Although it may seem a bit mundane, a power management IC or PMIC is a very important part of a mobile device. It controls and monitors the battery operation and how it is being charged. Also, a PMIC helps in prolonging the life of the battery cells by optimizing the voltage and charging currents that are supplied to it.
At the moment, the number of employees that Dialog has still far outnumber Apple’s engineers. In addition to this, Apple’s supplier still holds much of the intellectual property rights on the power components used on its devices. It will take a few more years before Apple could stand on its own in terms of new designs.
This is basically the same story as the GPU architecture for its ARM processor. Just like the PMIC systems on the iPhone and iPad, the IPs of these technologies are not owned by Apple. Nevertheless, the company is confident that it will be able to circumvent all the IPs in the next couple of years. For more tech updates, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.