As the annual spring evening of the scientific and technological community, Apple’s autumn launch will be highly anticipated by fruit powder. This year’s iPhone 12 series has a number of selling points, such as first-time support for 5G networks, to join the ToF deep detector, a return to the classic design of the iPhone 4, and a high refresh rate of up to 120Hz.
In addition to these upgrades, the new A14 processor is a lot of performance party appetite. Every generation of iPhones is released with A-Series chips that always cause a lot of debate in the phone ring, and even its popularity will overr cover the phone itself. As Apple’s 10-year-old core-building road, the A14 chip performance in the end how cracked, today we look at exactly.
The 5nm process process integrates approximately 12.5 billion transistors.
Back in June, TSMC reported monthly revenue of T$120.878 billion for the first time, up 28.8 percent from May. Speculation that its revenue growth may have been driven by a work-in program for Apple’s A14 chip suggests that the chip has already begun mass production on a large scale.
Similarly, Apple has benefited from TSMC’s manufacturing process improvements over the years. The Apple A12 is manufactured using a 7nm process, while the A13 further uses the TSMC electrode UV lithation 7nm process for faster computing speeds and lower power consumption.
What is certain is that the next generation of Apple A14 chips will use TSMC’s 5nm process, and it could be the first 5nm process chip to achieve mass production.
Unlike the previous 7nm upgrade, the 5nm process was a big leap forward. The A14 chip is widely used in the whole process of ultraviolet (EUV) lithothing technology, transistor density is 80% higher than 7nm chip, operating speed at the same power can be improved by 15% performance, the same performance can be reduced by 30% power consumption.
Earlier,media reported that Apple’s A14 chip will integrate about 12.5 billion transistors, compared with about 8.5 billion transistors of the A13 chip, a huge increase, it has to be said that the 5nm process has allowed the number of transistors per unit area of the chip to soar.
Long before, the network out of the suspected A14 chip GeekBench 5 running points, which show single-core running score of 1658 points, multi-core 4612 points, the main frequency of 3GHz, compared to the A13 chip has about 25% improvement. Of course, the authenticity of this run score data is open to question, do not rule out that its actual performance will be greater.
GeekBench is mainly reflected in the CPU performance of the processor, Apple’s A-Series chip GPU performance is also well-known in the industry, especially after the A11 to self-research solutions, after each generation of chips have greatly improved graphics processing power. Recently, foreign well-known @Komiya said that the A14 chip GPU performance will be 50% higher than the A13.
Given the significant increase in transistor density, combined with TSMC’s previous description, a 50% increase in the A14 GPU portion is not a surprise. The gaming business accounts for a very large percentage of the App Store’s revenue, and Apple has previously launched the Apple Arcade service, which is worthy of players’ expectations.
Of course, the A-Series chips contain not only CPU and GPU cores, but also specialized hardware for specific tasks. Examples are image processors that process video encoding and neural network engines responsible for machine learning.
The 5nm manufacturing process could provide a higher number of transistors, and Apple would add the New Engine core, as well as other architectural improvements. That’s not surprising, even if the A14 triples its machine learning capabilities.
An important turning point for A-Series chips Hardware is building a bridge to Apple’s ecology.
iOS systems are known for their closed ecosystems, which are easy to manage and provide users with a safer, more stable ecosystem. Not just software, but Apple’s control of hardware such as chips has been tightened.
Starting with the iPhone 4’s first A4 processor, Apple has officially embarked on its own chip research, and today’s A13 chip has released 10 A-Series chips. To say that can represent the A-Series chip important changes, nothing but the following two to introduce.
First, the A7 is the first 64-bit mobile processor in history, and its significance is epoch-making. Powered on the iPhone 5S, the A7 has a new 64-bit architecture and 28nm process, and the A7 performs twice as fast as the A6 on the iPhone 5 and 40 times faster than the first iPhone.
The A7 is a leap forward for both Apple and the mobile processor industry. While all of its competitors’ mobile chips are still in 32-bit architecture, Apple pioneered the 64-bit chip, accelerating the mobile chip industry’s move into the 64-bit processor era. Although the release initially attracted controversy in the industry, Apple’s strategy at the time was forward-looking.
From the A8 to the A10 stage, the performance of the A-Series chips has been steadily improving, and the ever-improving process process has increased the number of transistors. Until the release of the A11 chip, Apple’s path to self-studying chips opened a new door.
The A11 uses the most advanced 10nm process at the time, with 4.3 billion transistors, 6 core design large-core performance 25% higher than A10, and multi-core performance processing 75% higher. Of course, this is not the biggest surprise, it is from this generation that Apple announced that it will adopt a self-research GPU program.
As soon as the news came out, Imagination’s share price plummeted by nearly 70 per cent. Imagination, which has previously designed GPUs for Apple’s A-Series chips, relies on Apple’s patent licensing fees for most of its revenue. Things have always taken a turn for the worse, and this year Apple re-between itself and Iaggination, which is seen as lying hard to circumnate in the GPU, suggests that the road to self-study has not been easy.
On the other hand, the A11, which for the first time has a neural network engine with 600 billion operations per second, is primarily responsible for machine learning, and its importance is reflected in the face ID and its series of animatory expressions.
As we can see, the important turning point in Apple’s A-Series chips in history has been the upgrading of actual software services. The A7 ushered in the era of 64-bit mobile processors, serving the 64-bit software ecosystem. The A11 chip, which uses a self-study GPU solution and a new neural network engine, was upgraded for the iPhone X’s full-screen operation and mobile game.” Chip and other hardware is to build a bridge of Apple software ecology, the two affect each other, together constitute the “Apple ecology” building.
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We can see from all generations of Apple’s A-Series chips that Apple generally does not squeeze toothpaste on chip performance. At the time of the release of each new iPhone, the user’s discussion of the chip was much hotter than the upgrade of the new device in other ways. How big this year’s performance improvement of the A14 chip, we only wait until the launch to really know, but it is certain that its performance will be very cracked, is bound to cause the industry’s hot discussion.
The A-Series chip is so strong not only because apple dominates the supply chain in the mobile chip industry, but also because of its perennarinarinarised accumulation of self-research chip technology. A rich company like Apple, which is good at acquiring technology patents and talent, is not bad enough to see acquisitions eliminate potential enemies from another perspective.
No one is perfect, and so is the design chip. Apple’s chip, for example, doesn’t have an integrated baseband, which has previously fallen in the middle of a fight with Qualcomm, causing problems with the iPhone Xs series being spitting signals by many users, and the iPhone’s poor cooling capacity, which prevents the chip from fully performing its performance and making the game heat-dropping more common.
Let’s wait and see if the iPhone 12 will change in a targeted way this year.