New iPad 2 and Apple TV Pack Tweaked A5 Chip on 32nm

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Is the A5X chip the only new chip that Apple introduced this year?

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Answered By 0 points N/A #137113

New iPad 2 and Apple TV Pack Tweaked A5 Chip on 32nm


Hi Chad,

No, it seems that the A5X isn't the only new chip introduced by Apple this year. I have found by browsing that according to Chipworks, the A5X processor of iPad 3's was not the only new chip which is from Cupertino.

According to the grapevine, it seems that an updated version of the A5 is also introduced in the iPad 2 & the new Apple TV. This updated version of A5 may not have the quad-core graphics like A5X. But it will have a dual-core chip, even though Apple claims that Apple TV is run by a single core processor only. A

ctually a tweaked A5 chip has been used in the new iPad 2 and Apple TV. Even it is rumored that the 6th generation iPhone will be made with an A6 chip which is also a Quad core processor.

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New iPad 2 and Apple TV Pack Tweaked A5 Chip on 32nm


When Apple revealed the new iPad they also introduced the new A5X ARM chip which is a system-on-a-chip or SoC.

Apple says that the new chip has quad-core graphics which, in my opinion, would really deliver excellent visual display for just a mobile phone.

What makes an ARM-based SoC useful in mobile devices is that it incorporates multiple vital system elements onto a singe die.

The new A5X ARM chip still uses the same dual-core design for the ARM Cortex-A9 processing cores that previous versions has. The A5X GPU is likely the PowerVR SGX543MP4 [the Apple A5 used an SGX543MP2, which you may notice was not called out as dual-core].

If you are interested to know the true facts about this new A5X ARM-based system-on-a-chip [SoC], you may visit ExtremeTech | Computing | Apple A5X: Is the new iPad quad-core or not?


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