Apple a5

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  1. lilcosco08 macrumors 65816

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    I think that apple may upgrade the system on a chip to a5

    My predictions are-
    based on Cortex a9
    clocked to 1.2-1.5gz
    stronger gpu
     
  2. gilesybaby macrumors member

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    I agree that they'll update it, but I wouldn't expect an upgrade until at least next Spring (assuming Ipad is updated then).
     
  3. leomac08 macrumors 68020

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    The Audi a5 3.2L coupe is a lil better than the Audi a4 sedan 3.2L;)

    Would expect the same.
     
  4. afireintonto macrumors 6502a

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    Before we even think about them updating any hardware they need to figure out how to fix the damn wifi problems. Its starting to piss me off.
     
  5. kutsushita macrumors regular

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    Yeah but we could then argue the a6 is better than the a5:p
     
  6. Taimaru macrumors member

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    But if they go A5 or A6 wouldn't that mean that the iPad will get smaller :p
     
  7. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    heh. I don't want the iPad to get smaller, but lighter and thinner would be great! ;)
     
  8. JulianL macrumors 65816

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    I can't see much "may" ("may upgrade ... to a5") about it. They've bought two entire silicon design companies recently and there's no way they took on that cost base to then be shipping a 2011 device with early 2010 (or probably late 2009) silicon. I believe the next iPad will be in spring 2011 and will 99.9% be based on a new generation of SoC (which they probably will call A5).

    As for what it will be, I agree with all your predictions except for clock speed. Cortex A9 gives about a 25% performance boost at the same clock due to architecture improvements and increasing the clock increases power consumption so I really don't see a 1.5GHz clock, maybe 1.2GHz at most.

    It will be interesting to see what geometry it's designed for. The first 22nm ARM designs taped out in October last year so Apple might bypass 32nm and jump straight from the current 45nm to 22nm which will reduce die size and they might also introduce process innovations like SOI to reduce power consumption further.

    The other big issue is whether they might go dual core in A5 or maybe leave that until they get to a point where they are introducing a retina display into the iPad at which point a significant step-change in performance will be needed.

    - Julian
     
  9. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

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    Both the A5 and A6 are larger than the A4, so why would the iPad get smaller if we are using these Audi analogies??
     
  10. Taimaru macrumors member

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    I was using paper size analogies :).
     
  11. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Then I could argue the A8 is even better and top of the family luxury line :) Since we're sticking to the A series, I won't even mention the R8 lol.
     
  12. Julien macrumors G3

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    OK then I want the R8 Spyder.:D
     
  13. gilesybaby macrumors member

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    22nm...god are we there already? I remember when 65nm was the vogue.
     
  14. lilcosco08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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