Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jan 2010 20:21 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems And yet another item on the iPad? Are we serious? Yes, we are, since this one is about something that even geeks who aren't interested in the iPad itself should find intriguing. Steve Jobs said yesterday that the iPad is powered by an Apple A4 processor, but contrary to what many seem to think - it wasn't designed in-house at all.
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by _txf_ on Thu 28th Jan 2010 20:51 UTC
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The only thing we know is that the cpu is a cortex A9mp and the gpu is an arm mali 50. However, there may be more co processors inside the soc... things like a dsp?

And even if everything is external ip, integrating them together is not trivial (unless they followed a reference design from arm). Everyone else calls the soc's their own (tegra, omap, snapdragon)

Personally I never expected them to develop something from the ground up. It is generally apple's "thing" to print its label on some integrated circuit or make/demand alterations to the reference design as was the case of the intel cpu in the macbook air

Edited 2010-01-28 21:00 UTC

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