"I still think though, that open-standards are the way of the future. At least in Utopia!"
A very dangerous prospect, leaving Apple with no competitive advantage. Crack open a Zune and most of the innards are identical to an iPod. Apple and Microsoft bought the same parts from the same suppliers.
With its own customized parts, Apple can lower its costs, improve performance and block competitors from building copycat products. Not a bad strategy and one spelled out in detail here.
Good point, but without foundry, PA Semi will have to get their chips manufactured elsewhere. Thus all their IP is embedded, and known to whoever will actually um, manufacture or produce the semiconductor. Under contractual NDA terms, of course!
In case you didn't know, I'd like to bring to your attention that Apple, Microsoft, HP, Dell, Wii, and many other 'branded' electronic products are all manufactured under one and the same roof?
Foxconn (???) is the trade name of the Taiwan based firm Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (Ltd.) (LSE: HHPD). Foxconn is the largest manufacturer of electronics and computer components worldwide
, and mainly manufactures on contract to other companies. Among other things, Foxconn produces the Mac mini, the iPod and the iPhone for Apple Inc.; Intel-branded motherboards for Intel Corp.; various orders for American computer manufacturers Dell and Hewlett-Packard; the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 for Sony; the Wii for Nintendo;the Xbox 360 for Microsoft, cell phones for Motorola, the Amazon Kindle, and Cisco equipment
The company was founded in 1974 as a manufacturer of plastic products (notably connectors) by Terry Gou, who remains its CEO. It has been listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange since 1991.
The company opened its first manufacturing plant in China in 1988, a factory in Shenzhen that is now the company's largest, with more than 270,000 employees. Beginning in 1994, Foxconn purchased development centres in the United States and Japan. In 1997 and 1998, Foxconn established additional manufacturing plants in the UK and the US. As of 2007, the company and its subsidiaries owned plants in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico, Brazil, India and Vietnam.
It's all made in China, by the same manufacturer and assembly line... You can see there are no secrets, anywhere... Or for that matter different electronic components? Food for thought?
And actually Foxconn makes more money per year, than Apple... Perhaps explaining some of the USD $2.13 Trillion Dollar surplus (cash) of the Chinese Economy? Today? For more please see: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=2.13trillion
Of course, Foxconn is but one Chinese manufacturer. There are the likes of Lenovo, Acer, Asus, Elite, Gigabyte, MSI, nVidia, SuperMicro, and most if not all other motherboard manufacturers, all competing for a piece of our dollars. That is a thriving industry, isn't it? Even Intel doesn't manufacture Intel motherboards. Neither does Apple. Foxconn does it for them. The Sun Microsystems we have at work are made by Acer, aka Gateway, eMachines...
Perhaps this puts a new perspective on the 'higher tolerance parts' mentioned elsewhere in these forums? And the ubiquitous 'Made In China' label found on so many things? Hopefully, in Utopia, Industrial Espionage is a non-issue. However in the real world, including North America, alas, it is reality...
The best mind-altering drug is the truth.
~ Lily Tomlin
Two-socket, 6 or 8-core UltraSPARC T2 Plus processor
Up to 128 simultaneous execution threads
One floating-point processor per core and integrated, on-chip crypto accelerator
32 DIMM slots with maximum memory capacity of 256 GB
Running [Solaris of course!
PS: I'd venture to say Sun hardware and software is of higher quality (and price) than Apple... Yet still 'Made In China'... JMHO.