Knowing the Apple A6 SoC
It’s been half a year since the launch of the Apple soc A5X , and in this competitive market no company can rest on its laurels, and this rule also applies to Apple, which introduces new Apple a6 SoC, the SoC that powers the recently introduced iPhone 5 .
The Apple A5 SoC and A5X are based on the arm Cortex-A9, but the new Apple A6 is based on the architecture of ARM Cortex-A15 (running at 1.3 to 1.7GHz), architecture known for performance by cycle twice as Cortex-A9, ie Cortex-A15 SoC dual core running at 1GHz yields twice a Cortex-A9 SoC dual core running at 1GHz.
Another change worth mentioning is that the Apple A6 SoC is fabricated with 32nm manufacturing process from Samsung, this allows Apple to set a larger number of transistors in a smaller area than its predecessors and A5X A5, which are manufactured with the 45nm manufacturing process, Samsung.
In the graphic Apple has been fairly quiet, so it is unknown at this time the graphics chip integrated into the A6 SoC, but it is speculated that incorporates Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU (the same used in the SoC A5X) or more Modern SGX544MP2.
The new SoC Apple A6 allows consistently exceed its previous performance products, and without the need to increase the number of nuclei. In addition to this chip joins Qualcomm ( Snapdragon S4 Series ) Texas Instruments ( OMAP 5 ) and Samsung ( Exynos 5 ) among the few companies that use high-performance architecture of ARM Cortex-A15.
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