Google acquires enigmatic hardware company

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Google has reportedly acquired an engimatic San Jose-based startup staffed by former Apple and P.A. Semi employees.

According to AppleInsider, the all-star Agnilux staff lineup includes Mark Hayter, Olof Johansson, Todd Broch and Dan Dobberpuhl - P.A. Semi's founder and CEO.

Google acquires enigmatic hardware companyOther Agnilux employees were apparently recruited from TiVo and Cisco.

"What makes the acquisition so intriguing is that there's little to no information in the public domain as to what Agnilux has been working on, why Google wanted it, and what it plans to do with it now that it has it," explained AppleInsider's Katie Marsal.

"While it may seem logical to suggest Agnilux, due to its P.A. Semi heritage, has been developing chip technology that could better position Google to compete against Apple in the mobile space, a less-than-fruitful investigation into the company by the New York Times earlier this year may hint towards another cause."

Indeed, an anonymous Agnilux employee told the Times that the corporation was "working on some kind of server...and that the company has a partnership in place" with Cisco.

"Such technology could prove beneficial to Google, which operates hundreds of thousands of servers, all of which are built in-house by its own engineers instead of purchased from suppliers like Dell or IBM," added Marsal.