Apple implements updated A5 chip in latest iPad 2 and Apple TV

By on April 15, 2012
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iPad 2 still getting attention.

When Apple released the new iPad recently, the eyes of the whole world were turned towards the quad-core A5X processor and the Retina Display pixels it could push. The price reduction in the iPad 2 mostly went unnoticed; of course, who would look at last year’s tech when the shiny Retina Display is in front?

It’s good to know, however, that Apple hasn’t completely abandoned the iPad 2. With the production if the new quad-core A5X processor, production efficiencies have been brought to older processors as well, and the latest batch of A5 processors have befitted form this.

The new A5 chip is shrunk by almost 40%.

Previously the A5 came on Samsung’s 45nm process, the updated processor uses 32nm as discovered by Chipworks. This basically means a cooler and more power efficient processor as the updated A5 processor requires lesser battery power. Whether this translates directly to improved battery life remains to be seen.

Apart from the iPad 2, the current (third generation) Apple TV also uses this updated A5 processor, although they probably have one core disabled on it. The next logical usage for this processor would definitely be the iPod Touch whose aging design is due for a refresh.


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