Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Apple A6 processor gutted

 El procesador A6 de Apple destripado

Since the body of the iPhone 5 has already been gutted , what remained was gutting his brain, the new Apple A6 SoC and customized. And that's exactly what the guys have done iFixt and Chipworks.

During disassembly of the iPhone 5, the label found B8164B3PM A6 processor, which denotes 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM Elpida LP. This brand confirmed the strong hunch that the A6 has 1 GB of DDR2 RAM provided by Elpida.

Overall, the logic blocks (as found in the A6) are established using highly advanced software. However, it seems that the ARM core blocks are placed manually. This provision makes manually processing speeds are faster, but also more expensive and time consuming to make.

The manual available ARM processors gives much credence to the rumors that Apple has designed a completely custom processor of the same caliber as the new Cortex A15. Perhaps this design manual is to reign in the chip market in the future.

The guys at Chipworks have opened the Apple 338S1077 the iPhone 5 to confirm, in fact, have discovered a Cirrus audio amplifier class D CS35L 19, not an audio codec as first thought.

The WiFi module Murata SoC is actually comprised of a package and a Broadcom BCM4334 oscillator, capacitors, resistors, etc.. If you are interested you can see all the components in X-Ray .

The Broadcom BCM4334, manufactured in Taiwan in a TSMC 40 nm CMOS process, has the following characteristics:

  • WiFi (802.11 a / b / g / n)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 + HS

Make a chip manually is crazy, but it demonstrates the seriousness with which it takes every bit Apple iPhone 5 and atom. You have the whole process on iFixit .

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