Apple unveiled its new A14 Bionic processor with the aim of pushing ahead of other smartphone and tablet providers in data processing and artificial intelligence processing. The new $ 600 iPad Air will use the arm-based processor.
The new chip has 11.8 billion transistors and a 40% faster central processing unit (CPU). It also has 30% faster graphics and is made with a 5-nanometer production process, which is believed to be from the chip contract manufacturer TSMC, which recently announced that it is in production on 5-nanometer chips.
The 5-nanometer measure refers to the width between the circuits on the chip. That width is five billionths of a meter. The best smartphones on the market use 7-nanometer chips today. A smaller width is better because it allows the chips to be smaller, faster and cheaper.
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“The A14 Bionic chip has definitely pushed the boundaries,” Kevin Krewell, an analyst at Tirias Research, said in an email to VentureBeat. It uses a 5-nanometer process, which is the first 5-nanometer processor for mobile devices. The emphasis on machine learning with both the neural engine and CPU ML acceleration shows that Apple is at the forefront of AI for personal computing. ”
Machine learning tech can be used to improve the image resolution. The previous iPad Air used the A12 processor from two generations ago. The new technology enables a 7-megapixel camera with smart HDR, improved low-light performance and 1080p video recording at 60 frames per second. The rear camera has 12 megapixels and supports 4K at 60 frames per second. Battery life is approximately 10 hours.
The previous 7-nanometer A13 chip had 8.5 billion transistors, while the A12 had 6.9 billion and the A11 had 4.3 billion. Over time, Apple has improved the AI performance of the chips with its neural motors and ML accelerators.
Apple is in the midst of shifting its Mac product line from Intel chips to its own internally designed processors based on the Arm architecture. This move will give Apple more control over the processor’s fate and allow it to retain more profits that otherwise went to Intel. But the news that Nvidia will buy Arm for $ 40 billion raises a question for Apple. Nvidia has promised to open licensing of the Arm processor architecture to anyone who wants it, and I expect Apple to continue to do so.