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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Wow, with those changes
by deathshadow on Wed 2nd Apr 2014 19:27 UTC
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It might actually drag an ARMv8 up to the per-clock speed of a Pentium II.

Now, I'm not saying a current 1ghz ARMv8 is roughly equal to a 450mhz PII. Oh wait, no, that's exactly what I'm saying. ;)

NOTE, I'm not saying that's entirely bad, since ARM is about performance per watt, not per clock...

Though that begs the question, what do these types of changes do to power consumption?

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RE: Wow, with those changes
by puenktchen on Fri 4th Apr 2014 16:20 in reply to "Wow, with those changes"
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Actually the A7 performs similar at 1.3 GHz to a Core 2 Duo at 2 GHz.

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