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Teardown: iPad Air's A7 faster at 1.4GHz

Posted: 05 Nov 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Apple's iPad Air packs a somewhat faster A7 processor but few other surprises, according to early teardown results from iFixit, which partnered with Chipworks to identify components.

The iPad Air processor is marked APL5698 A7 Processor. The 64bit SoC in the iPhone 5 is marked APL0698.

"Sadly [this is] not big news as it's the same die in a different package, something with better thermals, as the clock has been cranked up," said a Chipworks representative who travelled to Australia to get one of the first units to go on sale. Chipworks "was hoping to see a new foundry (which would be huge news), or a die shrink or a different floor plan," he said.

iPad Air's A7 faster at 1.4GHz

Figure 1: A slightly updated Apple A7 SoC is outlined in red.

In its own iPad Air teardown focused on the silicon, Chipworks said the new A7 uses the same die as the SoC in the iPhone 5. However it may be running faster (1.4 up from 1.3GHz) and have a slightly different pinout for the Elpida memory configuration of the tablet.

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