Along with all the talk about a possible new iPad and Apple TV, the rumor mill has turned to acquisition talk – specifically Israeli fabless memory firm Anobit. Info:
Anobit provides flash storage solutions for the Enterprise and Mobile markets. It’s MSP™ (Memory Signal Processing) technology significantly improves the endurance, performance and cost of flash storage products and systems. Anobit’s products are used by world leading flash manufacturers, consumer electronics vendors and storage system providers.
If the rumors are true and the acquisition goes through, it would be another step into Apple philosophy of a closed ecosystem – vertical business structure in which Apple controls all aspects of their product lines. Finally, the price tag that has been rumored is in the $400-500 million range, making it the most expensive Apple acquisition to date (NeXT cost Apple $404million).