It’s a done deal. Apple will be buying Anobit, an Israel-based semiconductor company specializing in flash storage, for USD 500 million according to reports.
The prime minister of Israel even tweeted about the sale:
“Welcome to Israel, Apple Inc. on your 1st acquisition here. I’m certain that you’ll benefit from the fruit of Israeli knowledge.”
More after the jump.
There are drawbacks to using flash storage. In terms of storage capacity, conventional disk drives are still cheaper than solid state drives. Reliability also decreases with long term use. And it is possible that Anobit can help Apple improve the performance and cost of flash storage.
Apple knows its need for flash storage will only increase given the growing popularity of its iPhones and iPads. Apple’s iPhones, iPads, iPods (not counting the iPod classic), and the Macbook Air all use solid state drives. Invention and Technology News outlined the top five ways the sale will affect the iPhone 5 when it comes out in 2012.
- Increase battery life;
- Increase storage capacity;
- Allow for faster access of music and video;
- Slim down products;
- Lower prices. Maybe.
These same benefits should affect the Macbook Air as well. Macbook Airs attributes its speed, reliability, battery life, and light weight in part to its use of flash storage hard drive.
Perhaps, Apple’s investment in Anobit will allow the flash drive company to speed up its research and development and help to further improve performance of Macbook Airs and other Apple products. Let’s wait and see.