Apple stuffs Intel desktop CPU into iPhone 4S ad
Quad-core Core i7 reborn as A5? Surely not...
Apple's new iPhone 4S contains a chip the Mac maker calls the A5. But if a pic of the beast included in the 4S advert shown at the handset's launch is anything to go by, the A5 actually contains a pair of Intel 'Nehalem' processors - aka the first-gen Core i7.
Here's a snap from the Apple event, taken during the commercial when the iPhone 4S' dual-core A5 processor is being touted. Check out each die:
You're undoubtedly thinking that's a lot of cache memory - the four big orangey-red blocks on each die - for a mobile processor based on the ARM architecture.
You'd be right. It's not an ARM, it's a Nehalem. Here's a picture of Intel's x86-based die:
Look a bit similar, don't they?
No, they look exactly the same.
The lower pic actually contains four processing cores, so since the A5 has, according to Apple's ad, two first-generation Core i parts inside, that's eight cores in total. And 16MB of L3 cache in all.
An amazing lot, these Apple engineers, eh? Let's hope the iPhone 4S' glass casing can cope with the heat these boys put out. The Core i7 965's TDP is 130W, remember.
Recalling how stroppy Apple gets about this sort of thing, we wonder if Intel will get as shirty with its customer and... get me a lawyer! ®
Oh dear, poor Intel
If this picture comes from an Apple presentation, Intel's whole fab operation will be shutdown by injunctions by sometime tomorrow as Intel are clearly stealing Apples chip designs.
I like the idea of 16GB of L3 cache though, perhaps I could live without having any RAM then.
ad company fucked up - again...
remember the "Think different" ad campaign?
Steve Jobs later on:
"We didn't mean that,
that was just the ad agency going out on a limb.
If you think different, we void your warranty"
An hour if you're lucky. But it will keep your nads very warm as the cold nights draw in.
Beg differ, the image is in the Apple keynote video, just after Bob Mansfield speaks about the biggest advancement being in the performance at about 2 minutes into the video.
I can only be sorry for Intel now, they have it coming at them.
Wow..apple literally copying another manufacturers processors...the irony is so juicy, it makes fruit pastilles look bitter...