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Semiconductor analyst Linley Gwennap has posted an interesting overview (via CNET) of the series of events that led to Apple's A6 system-on-a-chip, the company's first entirely custom ARM chip design. The report notes that Apple has likely spent in excess of $500 million on the project when including the purchase prices of chip firms P.A. Semi and Intrinsity.
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At this point, Apple has spent about $400 million to buy PA Semi and Intrinsity, tens of millions for a license to design its own ARM CPUs, and probably north of $100 million to support its CPU design efforts over the past four years. It appears that the end result will be that Apple ships a Cortex-A15-class CPU about three months before arch-enemy Samsung does. These three months happen to come during the big holiday buying season, during which the iPhone 5 could generate $25 billion in revenue. So that half billion dollars could be money well spent.
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Pretty interesting stuff...
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post #2 of 78
Except it's not clear whether it's an A15 chip (it's not) and "MacRumours" might warrant a move to the Rumours section.
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I must have missed something. The article said it was A15-class not an A15 design. Plus it cites a different source for the history of the A6.
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Except it's not clear whether it's an A15 chip (it's not) and "MacRumours" might warrant a move to the Rumours section.
It's not a rumour though. It's information about the A6 chip.
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Hasn't apple learned their lesson about custom chips; move from custom cpu to Intel...
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not really LOL..that thing got outclasses by a low end teg 3 quad core..on apple's homebench(geek bench) so i wouldnt say money well spent..the advertisement on the other hand..
 
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I do really want to know what is really below the overly thick layers of marketing and "2x".

Too bad they seem to have focused too much on the CPU to innovate in other areas. All they have done is play catch-up to other manufacturers.
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Let's be honest, iOS doesn't require a super fast processor to run smooth, so it doesn't really matter.
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not really LOL..that thing got outclasses by a low end teg 3 quad core..on apple's homebench(geek bench) so i wouldnt say money well spent..the advertisement on the other hand..
You mean a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 only just beating out a dual-core at 1GHz? Ha. In SunSpider it's scoring as low as 950, that's nearly as fast as the Note 2 I believe.
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Pretty interesting stuff...

You do realize you're the only one who cares, right? thumb.gif
Speak for yourself bud. Apple told us basically nothing about the SoC in the iPhone 5 at their keynote, besides marketing performance fluff. Rumors and speculation was it would use a dual-core A15. So any info about the design of the A6 is interesting. We will know more details when full reviews are released but this info gives a little bit of insight before that.

Speaking to everybody who always posts comments poking fun at steelbom for his unpopular pro-Apple position on here, please stop. Just because he likes Apple products doesn't mean you guys should post useless comments that contribute nothing to the thread. You're only wrecking your own reputation and credibility. Now if you want to debate him on a position he has with actual facts that's different.
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