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Apple A7 Patent Suit

Apple’s 64-bit iPhone processor is the target of a new patent suit

February 4th, 2014

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is accusing Apple of allegedly infringing a patent that covers technology the company has used in the A7 64-bit mobile chip that’s found in many 2013 iOS devices including the iPhone 5s, the iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini. A lawsuit against Apple was filed in the Wisconsin …

Apple A7 64-bit Processor Analysis

Why Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor matters

September 11th, 2013

Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor in the iPhone 5S has generated considerable buzz even though some observers have pointed out that having a 64-bit smartphone won’t pay immediate dividends in terms of performance since the device doesn’t have anything close to 4GB of RAM. But as CNET’s Stephen Shankland explains, being the first to market with a …

Apple A7 Graphics

Apple to double down on graphics in next-gen processors

May 30th, 2013

Apple has hired at least a dozen former graphics engineers from semiconductor maker AMD, MacRumors reported, citing new employees’ LinkedIn profiles. The company reportedly hired a number of graphics architects, hardware engineers and others after AMD laid off numerous employees this past January. Recent job postings reveal that Apple is building an advanced team of chip …

ARM reveals Cortex-A7 MPCore processor, its most power efficient processor to date

October 20th, 2011

ARM announced the Cortex-A7 MPCore processor on Wednesday, which it is touting as its most power efficient mobile processor yet. The Cortex-A7 is just one-fifth the size of the Cortex-A8 but provides 5x the energy efficiency and greater performance. The single-core chip was designed for use in budget-friendly smartphones that will be priced under $100. …

Source code snooping points to upcoming quad-core Apple processor

September 23rd, 2011

Apple may already be working on a quad-core Apple-branded mobile processor for inclusion in upcoming iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models. Apple’s eventual move to a quad-core chipset in its iOS devices seems certain, but it looks like we now have evidence that preliminary quad-core testing may already be under way. While inspecting the source …

Apple snubs Samsung, looks to TSMC for next-gen iPhone and iPad chips

September 16th, 2011

Apple will favor Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company over Samsung to power its next-generation iOS devices, DigiTimes said on Friday. The report aligns with an earlier Reuters report that suggested TSMC would build the next-generation A6 processor for future iPhone and iPad devices. TSMC will use its 20nm and 28nm technologies to create the new chips …