Apple goes vertical with its purchase of Dialog Semiconductor
Apple is paying $300 million in cash for a portion of Dialog, including licensing power-management technologies, assets, and more than 300 employees. The company will advance an additional $300 million cash flow as an upfront for the components it will purchase over the next three years. The UK-based chipmaker specializes in power management, and all iPhones are loaded with a Dialog chip. Apple will run some of Dialog’s facilities in Livorno (Italy), Swindon (UK), Nabern and Neuaubing (Germany). Apple is earnest about gaining some autonomy in terms of processors and eager to rid itself of suppliers such as Qualcomm, Broadcom, and, maybe Intel for its phones.
⇨ Ars Technica, “Apple bets $600 million on improving Apple Watch, iPhone battery life.”