Apple, along with his third-generation tablet and introduced a new processor A5X, which, however, may not appear in the next smartphone iPhone, in contrast to the processor A4 and A5. A5X with its strong emphasis on graphics may be imperfect for smart phones Apple, might prefer to use the new energy-efficient chip, produced a more subtle process technology standards.
A5X chip has the same two core Cortex-A9, and that the chip A5, but was twice as powerful 4-core graphics, which aims to improve the multimedia capabilities of the tablet and ensure the smooth operation of the interface in the resolution of 2048×1536.
Analyst Gvinnap Linley (Linley Gwennap), founder of The Linley Group, believes that A5X can be created specifically for the new screen iPad. He believes that the new smartphone iPhone, coming out this year, probably will get more power-efficient chip, manufactured in compliance with the 28-nm or 32 nm process, rather than a more powerful graphics.
According to the analyst, Apple hurry with the release of iPad, and was forced to use A5X, not to wait another few months to develop at an acceptable level of finer process technology. However, Mr Gvinnap believes that A5X can still be used in new devices, such as 7 – or 8-inch version of the iPad, which goes so many rumors. It can also appear in the Apple TV, although kupertinskaya company decided to apply in their new console version of the single-core chip A5.
The analyst Dean McCarron (Dean McCarron) from Mercury Research also suggests that A5X unlikely to be used in the iPhone – a smartphone does not need the same graphics performance as the iPad. He also believes that a company can apply a new smartphone in the 28-nm chip – there are all preconditions for the use of advanced process technology in the sixth-generation iPhone.
By the way, it is worth noting that many of the 28-nm chips will be ARM-use much more powerful core Cortex-A15 instead of the current Cortex-A9. By the way, and the next processor Apple may well remain a 2-nuclear. The fact that not all mobile software able to take advantage of 4 cores. The analyst Dean McCarron said that the preservation of the two nuclei in A5X – a sensible decision, since most of the existing software for Apple devices can not use 4 cores CPU, while graphics performance GPU cores on the growth of well scaled by a good abstraction in operating systems.