Apple A10 SoC

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  1. sebbbi

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    Do we yet have confirmed information about A10 memory bandwidth? 51.2 GB/s like A9X or are we back at 25.6 GB/s? None of the reviews mentioned this.
     
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    Chipworks confirms it is like 6s.

    "The A10 sits below the Samsung K3RG1G10CM 2-GB LPDDR4 memory. This is similar to the low power mobile DRAM as the one we found in the iPhone 6s."
     
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    Both iPhone 7 and 7+? iPhone 7 has 2 GB of memory while 7+ has 3 GB memory... 38.4 GB/s could be theoretically at least possible in 7+ (triple channel).
     
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    Could "Hurricane" be the codename for the A10's CPU (I assume the big core)?

    TechTastic points out that Apple's list of kernel changes in macOS 10.12 contains a reference to "Hurricane":
    While TechTastic speculates about the possibility of ARM Macs, the OS X 10.11 kernel changes also contains
    so I'm not sure as to what extent this info points to a possible ARM transition.
     
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    True but I have been wondering why they deviated from their historical naming convention and named it A10 Fusion. Maybe hinting that it could be used in other devices or am I just reading too much into it?

    The performance figures so far are certainly promising and with a higher TDP should compete well with Intel's Y series processors. The low power cores also allowed them to design the bigger cores for higher speed and this would be useful in a larger form factor. A candidate for at least the 12" Macbook maybe?
     
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    I would assume because of the included low power cores.
     
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    So A10 big but still 3 times smaller as an Intel core.
     
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    I saw a comment about this elsewhere about that area including an L3 slice. I did some rough area calculations on an Intel die shot that seems to match this claim, as core+L2 is around 7mm2.
    Intel's core could be argued to need at least some L3, but I think the same could be said for Apple's L2. Its core is still smaller, but not to the same extent.
     
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    From PC World: "The mysteries of the GPU in Apple's iPhone 7 are unlocked."

     
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    The A10 has now been in the wild for several months.

    Is there any signficance to the fact that this chip (unlike all previous iphone Socs) has not been submitted to Khronos for OpenGles conformancy testing ?
     
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    Part of Apple's increasing focus on Metal?
     
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    I note that in Jon Peddie's wide ranging article on the whole IMG/Apple thing, he says that Apple:-
    Clearly they are still supporting all the right calls, as otherwise the benchmarks would fall over, but it does explain why they are no longer submitting to khronos.

    That article can be seen here:-
    http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1332007
     
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    Suppose that the big core in the A11 (for example) features simultaneous multithreading. Then (assuming the little cores don’t have SMT) does it make more sense for each big core to be paired with…
    1. one little core, or
    2. as many little cores as there are threads in the big core?
     
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    SMT isn't going to be used in mobile any time soon.
     
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    All Atom phone/tablet SoCs up until Cloverview had hyperthreaded cores, so technically it's being used right now (e.g. for people using any first-gen Zenfone).

    Also, I don't know how broad the term "mobile" can be to you, but AMD's Banded Kestrel has a starting TDP of 4W and it uses 2 cores with hyperthreading. Should Microsoft ever release a phone-able Windows 10 version for x86 (no need to emulate win32 code), I could see some daring OEMs like Asus launching a mobile phone with a Banded Kestrel.
     
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    Mobile is about efficiency and HT makes no sense in that regard. The power penalty outweighs the performance benefit. ARM was generally clear that they see no point of SMT in mobile.
     
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