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

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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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

but that was migrating towards the most popular chip brands not away from them.


ARM is by far WAY more popular than Intel and x86.

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JLF65 Member since:
2005-07-06

Only for phones and pads or the like. Not for laptops, and CERTAINLY not for desktops.

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Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

I'm not sure if you are aware that st, atmel, nxp, xilinx, allwinner, mediatek, rockwell, whatever runs on ARM, not on x86. The world is not just desktop, pads and smartphones. Ask yourself what your tv, car or even fridge runs on.

Edited 2017-09-14 02:52 UTC

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