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Topic: A5

Teardown of new $199 16GB iPod touch finds same design & parts as 32GB & 64GB models

06/27/2014, 10:06 am

Apple's refresh of the 16-gigabyte iPod touch this week brings the newly price $199 media player in line with its larger-capacity brethren, including the same internal design and an identical rear facing iSight camera, a teardown of the device has revealed.

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Tweaked Apple TV features smaller custom A5 chip

03/11/2013, 08:03 am

Speculation that Apple would add a more powerful A5X chip to its tweaked Apple TV proved false, as a look inside the new hardware has discovered it's simply a smaller version of the previous A5 chip.

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iPad mini's A5 chip confirmed to be built on Samsung's 32nm process

11/01/2012, 09:11 pm

It was confirmed on Thursday that iPad mini is using the same A5 processor found in the fifth-generation iPod touch, meaning the SoC is built on Samsung's 32nm process first introduced in the refreshed iPad 2 and third-generation Apple TV.

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New iPod touch expected to have 1136x640 display, 32nm A5 chip

09/11/2012, 11:09 am

Apple is reportedly prepared to launch a new iPod touch with a 1,136-by-640-pixel display running an S5L8942X processor that will be less powerful than the S5L8950X CPU in the next iPhone.

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Samsung hopes 'strict internal firewall' will protect Apple parts deals

08/27/2012, 11:08 am

Samsung remains a major component supplier to Apple, and the South Korean company hopes to retain that business relationship through a "strict internal firewall" dividing its handset business and components operations.

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Samsung to invest $4 billion in Texas iPhone, iPad chip plant

08/21/2012, 09:08 am

Samsung announced on Tuesday that it plans to spend about $4 billion to renovate its existing chip plant in Austin, Tex., where the company builds Apple's custom processors for the iPhone and iPad.

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Apple CPU architect for iPhone, iPad departs for AMD

08/01/2012, 08:08 am

AMD announced on Wednesday that it has hired Jim Keller, who was previously a director in Apple's mobile platform architecture group where he worked on Apple's custom chips for devices like the iPhone and iPad.

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Testing shows 32nm A5 chip improves iPad 2 battery life by as much as 16%

05/04/2012, 03:05 am

A series of tests performed on the latest version of Apple's iPad 2 show that the move to a 32nm-process A5 chip results in battery life improvements of as much as 15.8 percent.

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New Apple TV, iPad 2 may be testbeds for Samsung's 32nm chip-making process

04/11/2012, 07:04 pm

The 1080p-streaming Apple TV and $399 iPad 2 use a new variant of Apple's A5 processor that may be a testbed for Samsung's 32nm High-K + Metal Gate process, which could find its way into future A-series chips powering devices like a next-generation iPhone.

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Apple TV "single core" A5 actually has two cores, one is off

04/11/2012, 02:04 pm

An investigation into the custom A5 chip used in Apple TV has found that the new Application Processor uses both a smaller, more efficient 32nm die process and actually incorporates two cores, one of which is simply turned off.

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Thermal test of iPad's A5X chip shows operating temperature of 97 degrees F

03/21/2012, 02:03 am

As numerous reports claim Apple's new iPad is warmer than the previous generation, a new analysis has found the A5X chip in the new device runs as much as 16 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the A5 chip in the iPad 2.

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Teardown of new 1080p Apple TV finds cooler single-core A5 CPU

03/19/2012, 03:03 pm

The new single-core A5 processor in the new Apple TV does not have a thermal pad, suggesting it runs even cooler than its predecessor despite offering high-definition 1080p video.

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Single-core A5 CPU in new 1080p Apple TV doubles RAM to 512MB

03/18/2012, 05:03 pm

A teardown of the new 1080p-capable Apple TV has found that its single-core A5 processor features the same 8 gigabytes of memory, but doubles the RAM of its predecessor to 512 megabytes.

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Chip analysis reveals subtle changes to new iPad innards

03/16/2012, 02:03 am

An analysis of the internals of Apple's third-generation iPad reveal some small changes to the design of the device, such as a switch to discrete DRAM devices, the addition of a heat spreader on top of the A5X chip and a possible move to a flip-chip solution.

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New Apple TV sports custom, single-core A5 processor

03/07/2012, 08:03 pm

The third generation Apple TV uses a unique single-core A5 chip that has not been in any other production Apple device to date, and is likely a key component in how iPad maker is able to keep costs low and performance high for the 1080p-capable box.

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Apple stalls Apple TV shipments ahead of iPad 3-compatible refresh

02/29/2012, 09:02 am

While Apple's much-anticipated foray into the connected television segment is unlikely to materialize until 2013, moves by the company in recent weeks point to an intermediate refresh of the existing Apple TV product to coincide with the release of new iPad models early next month.

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Apple's 'iPad 3' rumored to have Siri, dual-core A5X chip, 1080p camera

02/21/2012, 11:02 am

A new report offers a picture claimed to be the front glass panel for Apple's next iPad, and also claims the third-generation device will feature Siri voice control, a dual-core "A5X" processor, and a 1080p camera with image stabilization.

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'A5X' CPU featured on purported Apple 'iPad 3' logic board

02/19/2012, 04:02 pm

A picture that appears to show the logic board for Apple's next-generation iPad shows a system-on-a-chip labeled "A5X" rather than the "A6" processor that has been rumored.

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Apple trademarks its patented "macroscalar" code optimization technology

02/06/2012, 04:02 pm

Apple has recently filed for international trademark protections of "macroscalar," its name for various patented optimizations for efficiently executing code on a processor, suggesting it plans to begin commercially promoting its differentiating technology.

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Samsung seeks $1B bond to expand Texas processor plant

01/16/2012, 06:01 pm

Samsung is in talks with banks to acquire $1 billion to fund an expansion at its facility in Austin, Texas that is said to be the source of A5 processors powering the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, and could possibly be the factory responsible for Apple's next generation A6 chip bound for the rumored iPad 3.

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