Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Sep 2017 16:40 UTC

With the iPhone X revealed, we really have to start talking about its processor and SoC - the A11 Bionic. It's a six-core chip with two high-power cores, four low-power cores, and this year, for the first time, includes an Apple-designed custom GPU. It also has what Apple calls a Neural Engine, designed to speed up tasks such as face recognition.

Apple already had a sizeable performance lead over competing chips from Qualcomm (what Android phones use) in single-core performance, and the A11 blasts past those in multicore performance, as well. Moreover, the A11 also performs better than quite a number of recent desktop Intel chips from the Core i5 and i7 range, which is a big deal.

For quite a few people it's really hard to grasp just how powerful these chips are - and to a certain extent, it feels like much of that power is wasted in an iPhone, which is mostly doing relatively mundane tasks anyway. Now that Apple is also buildings its own GPUs, it's not a stretch to imagine a number of mobile GPU makers feeling a bit... Uneasy.

At some point, these Apple Ax chips will find their way to something more sizable than phones and tablets.

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RE[6]: Expect ARM Powered Macbook
by Kochise on Thu 14th Sep 2017 05:02 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Expect ARM Powered Macbook"
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Then why is there ARM based server ? At least attempts ? What is so particular to x86 that ARM cannot do ? It plays video and game, display pictures and the internet, can be used for office use, even lightweight clients runs on ARM.

The virtual machines (Net, Java) and JIT makes things so easy to port or even run any kind of software on ARM it is baffling you believe it won't work because desktop linux failed. I'm pretty sure Adobe could port Photoshop and whatever suits them if they find an economical interest doing so.

I was a 68k fanboy but turned agnostic because flaws in x86 were slowly removed and because the cpu implementation isn't really important provided it counts reliably and accurately. Pretty sure ARM will slowly take over the world, sooner or later. I'm not even sorry for the 50 year old x86.

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