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[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by viton on Tue 1st Apr 2014 12:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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that's just ARM's latest standard design

ARM achitecture is a description of registers, instructions and memory model. You can download architecture manual freely from ARM site.
32bit ARM architecture was created by Roger Wilson back in the 80s.

That Apple did in A7 is totally amazing. Even X-Gene (first 64-bit ARM processor on paper) is not ambitious enough. A7 is wider than latest Intel processors and has comparable internal resources like 192-entry ROB, massive buffers, also memory bandwidth is good (The problem of most ARM application processors).

Edited 2014-04-01 12:23 UTC

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