Some interesting news coming out of VentureBeat (via Giz) on the state of Apple’s in-house processor development as it relates to tablets:

..we’ve learned that PA Semi’s team was split into two parts, one designing portable ARM-based processors for iPhones and iPods, and another designing a processor for the tablet device.

Interesting. This would seem to indicate that a tablet isn’t going to be a "big iPod touch" and it might actually be running a desktop-ish version of Snow Leopard like the Apple Tablet Patents indicated.  It will still be ARM-based obviously, but could be a multi-core ARM Cortex A9 which would push it past Intel’s Atom-Moorestown’s speed while using less electricity.

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