What isApple A10

The Apple A10 Fusion is a powerful and efficient system on a chip (SoC) designed and developed by Apple. It is integrated into the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, sixth-generation iPad, seventh-generation iPad, and seventh-generation iPod touch. The A10 has four 64-bit cores that are divided into two clusters – two high-performance cores and two low-power cores.

High-Performance and Energy-Efficient Cores

The two high-performance cores are clocked at up to 2.34 GHz and are said to be around 40% faster than the previous A9 chip. The low-power cores are clocked at up to 1.1 GHz and consume only 1/5 of energy in some use cases. IOS only uses two cores simultaneously, switching between the two clusters, and apps only see one dual core at a time. This same technology can be found in ARM’s first generation big.LITTLE concept.

Impressive Graphics Performance and Transistor Count

The A10 SoC’s integrated graphics card is presumed to come from PowerVR and is said to work 50% faster at 2/3 the power consumption. This chip has 3.3 billion transistors, more than most X86 SoCs, including the current AMD Bristol Ridge and Skylake quad-core processors.

Usage and Availability

The A10 Fusion is a 64-bit ARM-based SoC manufactured by TSMC, and has been first integrated into the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in September 2016. It was later used in the 6th generation iPad, 7th generation iPad, and 7th generation iPod Touch.

FAQ

What devices have the Apple A10 Fusion chip?

The Apple A10 Fusion chip is integrated in the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, sixth-generation iPad, seventh-generation iPad, and seventh-generation iPod touch.

What is unique about the Apple A10 Fusion chip?

The Apple A10 Fusion chip has four 64-bit cores that are divided into two clusters – two high-performance cores and two low-power cores. The chip also features impressive graphics performance and has the highest transistor count among most X86 SoCs.

When was the A10 Fusion chip released?

The A10 Fusion chip was first unveiled in September 2016, alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Conclusion

The Apple A10 Fusion is a powerful and efficient SoC used in a range of Apple devices. Featuring two high-performance and two low-power cores, the chip has impressive graphics performance and the highest transistor count among most X86 SoCs.

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