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A5X logic board spied

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Apple's next tablet offering will feature a dual-core A5X system-on-a-chip, if snaps of a supposed iPad 3 logic board that surfaced on-line are anything to go by.

The Cupertino giant is predicted to announce an upgraded processor for its forthcoming fondleslab, with an A6 chip the logical step.

This was cast into doubt earlier this month, though, when snaps of Apple's iBoot bootloader programming tool were leaked, which referred to an ARM chip dubbed the 'S5L8945X'.

AX5 iPad 3 logic board

That revelation has now been backed up further with the above image of the AX5 chip, which comes by way of a forum post on Chinese site WeiPhone.

As the picture shows, the new CPU is an upgraded version of the A5 – 940X to 945X, not 940X to 950X – rather than a new generation of processor. There are also a pair of 16GB flash memory chips on show. No quad-core power then?

A date code of 1146 can be seen, which suggests the A5X chip was manufactured in the 46th week of 2011, or the 14-20 November to be precise.

Apple is expected to announce the iPad 3 at an event on 7 March, revealing 4G capabilities, a bigger battery and a higher-res display, apparently. ®

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