Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Mar 2014 21:35 UTC

AnandTech on Apple's A7 processor:

I suspect Apple has more tricks up its sleeve than that however. Swift and Cyclone were two tocks in a row by Intel's definition, a third in 3 years would be unusual but not impossible (Intel sort of committed to doing the same with Saltwell/Silvermont/Airmont in 2012 - 2014).

Looking at Cyclone makes one thing very clear: the rest of the players in the ultra mobile CPU space didn't aim high enough. I wonder what happens next round.

This is one area where Apple really took everyone by surprise recently. When people talk about Apple losing its taste for disruption, they usually disregard the things they do not understand - such as hardcore processor design.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by mutantsushi on Tue 1st Apr 2014 08:32 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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I always wondered why a 32 bit variant of x64 wasn't released with the same register advances, but without 64 bit capability. Perhaps that was benevolent forward thinking in case of x86, although it's hard to see a usecase for that in mobile. Ultimately I don't think that aspect really matters one way or another.

It's kind of sad that 64bit is seen as an Apple innovation though, that's just ARM's latest standard design. The innovation in the CPU has to deal with other details besides that aspect.

Edited 2014-04-01 08:43 UTC

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