Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip (FAQ)

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Apples 64-bit A7 chip (FAQ)

Apple introduces the iPhone 5S and its A7 processor.

(Credit: CNET)

Apple is the first to get a 64-bit processor into a smartphone. So, what’s all this 64-bit business anyway?

Is this the first 64-bit ARM chip for smartphones?

The Apple A7 is the first processor from any company to implement the new 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set.

Linley Gwennap, principal analyst at the Linley Group, a chip technology consultancy, supplied CNET with the quote above, answering that question.

The “ARM” in ARMv8 refers to the dominant chip technology used in smartphones and tablets worldwide. Apple , Qualcomm, Samsung, Nvidia, MediaTek, and others all license technology from ARM. That’s how Android can run on a variety of smartphones with a variety of ARM chips.

The ‘v8″ part refers to ARM’s 64-bit chip architecture. Current ARM chips from all of the above chip suppliers are 32-bit.

Apple is ahead of the pack. “To achieve this feat, Apple must have designed its own custom CPU,” Gwenapp said, referring to the 64-bitness in the CPU or central processing unit. ARM’s own 64-bit designs are not scheduled for commercial production until 2014 — and that’s probably later in 2014, not early in the year.

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Apples 64-bit A7 chip (FAQ)


Apples 64-bit A7 chip (FAQ)

 

Apples 64-bit A7 chip (FAQ)

 

Apples 64-bit A7 chip (FAQ)

 

Apples 64-bit A7 chip (FAQ)

 

Apples 64-bit A7 chip (FAQ)

Apples 64-bit A7 chip (FAQ)

Apples 64-bit A7 chip (FAQ)

Apples 64-bit A7 chip (FAQ)

Apples 64-bit A7 chip (FAQ)

Apples 64-bit A7 chip (FAQ)

Apples 64-bit A7 chip (FAQ)

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