The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has started to receive the first batch of 20-nm SoC A8, released lines Taiwanese contract manufacturer of semiconductors – of TSMC. Today, the first technical details of a new single-chip Apple platform appeared on the web.
GforGames citing Chinese media source cnBeta [Google Translate] reported that A8 processor and dual-core will retain 64-bit architecture, but will run at a higher clock frequency. Operating frequency will be increased to 2.0 GHz. Cope with the heat will help the new 20 nm process.
The current generation of the iPhone and iPad are equipped with 64-bit chips Apple A7 chip, made in compliance with the 28-nm process technology. Responsible for calculating the pair of nuclei Cyclone (ARMv8-A) and Graphics PowerVR G6430, while in the case of iPhone 5s and iPad mini processor running at 1.3 GHz, and the tablet iPad Air – 1.4 GHz.
I couldn’t help but that now even some budget Android-phones equipped with 4-core processors, but the popular Apple devices work with dual-core processors? Nevertheless, even in such a configuration computational core Apple Cyclone in conjunction with iOS easily bypass the performance of its competitors.
Meanwhile, TSMC believed that the announcement of the first 64-bit processor for Apple A7 smartphones was due in September last year was the catalyst for transition to 64-bit architecture other vendors. Qualcomm, Samsung, Intel, NVIDIA and MediaTek – all of these companies have become active with its mobile processors on 64-bit architecture.