16 Apr '12, 3am

Apple introduces more than just the A5X this year, but nobody notices.: Photo:Engadget The folks over at Chipw...

It is built on a 32nm Samsung HKMG (High Metal K-Gate) process, and this has been verified by several review sites. The new A5 is as near as makes no difference 41% smaller than its predecessor. Chipworks speculate that because the new A5 is complex for such a low volume part, it may be a low risk attempt to test the new 32nm process, while figuring out design issues. In chip manufacturing, it is sensible to change the design, or the process, but not both at the same time as it adds an exponential level of uncertainty/difficulty. Could Apple be trying out the 32nm process on a low volume A5 part in order to test the manufacturing for a die shrink of its A5X? I feel this is plausible as the die size of the current A5X is even larger than some low voltage Intel Notebook processors. At this point, there are two interesting issues to think about:

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