Apple A5X CPU in Review

A meta-analysis of the Apple A5X system on chip (from the currently shipping 3rd Gen iPad) New Ipad’s A5X beats NIVIDIA Tegra 3 in some tests (MacNN|Electronista) Apple’s A5X Die (and Size?) Revealed (Anandtech.com) Chip analysis reveals subtle changes to new iPad innards (AppleInsider-quoting Anandtech) Apple A5X Die Size Measured: 162.94mm^2, Samsung 45nm LP Confirmed (Update […]

AppleInsider | Apple seen merging iOS, Mac OS X with custom A6 chip in 2012

In the bad old days of 1996 when Apple’s marketshare hit rock bottom, everyone fled to Windows 95 en masse. Disparaging the Mac OS every single one of the ‘professional’ technical press predicted the end of Apple. Oh, how wrong they were and the Mac loyal fan-base crowed and shouted with joy that Apple has now achieved a terrific comeback. But, whither the loyal fan-base from days gone by from the Dark Ages pre-Steve, 1996? They will all become part of the iOS collective, they too will be assimilated. Read On:

Genius Inventor Alan Kay Reveals All then gets stiffed by the App Store

After the release of the iPad, Tom’s Hardware posted an article By Wolfgang Gruener about the History of Computing as it relates to the iPad. We get to meet Alan Kay the Computer Scientist who proposed the “Dynabook” an intellectual predecessor to the iPad. Alan Kay and Steve Jobs are friends in fact and get along very well. Until last week that is when a big problem occurred when another invention of Alan Kay’s the Squeak programming language ran into the Apple App Store. How did this happen? Read On

AppleInsider | Custom Apple A4 iPad chip estimated to be $1 billion investment

What’s the point of licensing computer chip designs from another company if it costs about the 1/3 the price of building it yourself? That seems like a rhetorical question, but I always assumed that people who licensed technology from ARM holdings were aiming to save tons of money compared to fabricating the chips themselves. So how does the Apple iPad A4 cpu figure into this? Well it’s a custom CPU, but according to NYTimes creating a new cpu is serious business.

Apple A4 SOC unveiled – It’s an ARM CPU and the GPU! – Bright Side Of News*

“iPad is powered by our own custom silicon. We have an incredible group that does custom silicon at Apple,” company co-founder Steve Jobs said during Wednesday’s keynote. “We have a chip called A4, which is our most advanced chip we’ve ever done that powers the iPad. It’s got the processor, the graphics, the I/O, the memory controller — everything in this one chip, and it screams.”