October 29, 2020

Apple: A12 Bionic is the industry’s first 7nm chip

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Apple released the latest iPhone chip: A12 Bionic. The company said it was the industry’s first 7-nanometer chip. Executive Phil Schiller said on the stage of Cupertino, “the smartest and most powerful smartphone chip to date.”

The A12 Bionic includes a 6-core CPU, a 4-core GPU, and an updated version of the Neural Engine that handles artificial intelligence tasks. The A11 is equipped with a dual-core neural engine, while the new version of the chip has increased the number of cores to eight. The old version of the neural engine can handle 600 billion operations per second, while the new version can handle 5 trillion operations per second.

The new smartwatch Apple Watch Series 4 also ushered in an upgraded fourth-generation SIP chip. It includes a 64-bit dual-core processor that delivers twice the performance of older models. Also, the watch is equipped with an enhanced version of the accelerometer and gyroscope, which can sample motion data at eight times the speed of the old model (so the watch can detect the wearer’s fall).

Integrating 6.9 billion transistors: 6-core CPU, 4-core GPU, Neural Engine, two high-performance CPU cores, GPU is 50% higher than the previous generation.

Apple itself develops this chip. Based on the Fusion architecture, the performance core is increased by 15%, power consumption is reduced by 40%, and the overall performance is 15% higher than that of A11.