Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a closer look at the A13 Bionic chip, and the iPhone and iOS releases.
Om Malik wrote a great dive into the A13 Bionic chip that powers the latest iPhones.
Apple’s new chip contains 8.5 billion transistors. Also, there are six CPU cores: Two high-performance cores running at 2.66 GHz (called Lightning), and four efficiency cores (called Thunder). It has a quad-core graphics processor, an LTE modem, an Apple-designed image processor, and an octa-core neural engine for machine intelligence functions that can run over five trillion operations per second.
Big numbers are amazing, and I still marvel at the fact that this chip can do five trillion operations per second. That is astoundingly fast. Five trillion seconds is 158,550 years. Just one trillion seconds ago (31,710 years) was before written history, before the pyramids were built.
Rumor has it that Apple’s supplier TSMC could move to a 5-nanometer process for its chip manufacturing on 2020 iPhones.
It looks like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, or TSMC, scored big with Apple again because they’re going to be the exclusive A13 chip provider in 2019.