Apple iPhone 5S chipset details are out, consists of PowerVR Series 6 GPU

Sara Cunningham September 26, 2013 0
Apple iPhone 5S chipset details are out, consists of PowerVR Series 6 GPU

We have interesting news for Apple fans and consumers who have been intrigued by the recently unveiled Apple iPhone 5S. At the time of the official unveiling, the only thing we knew was that the iPhone 5S was powered by the latest chipset from Apple, the Apple A7. But apart from this particular information, everything was still unclear and everyone was trying to figure out what the chipset could really do.
Well now, we have the details of the Apple A7 chipset that controls the iPhone 5S. Before we start getting into the details, we would like to thank the team at Chipworks that pout efforts into finding out the details and conducted a detailed inspection of the board present inside the Apple iPhone 5S. The guys at Chipworks have been able to get full specifications of the chipset and we have them for you here today.

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To begin with, the iPhone 5S runs on the Apple A7 SoC (System on Chip) that has a 64-bit processor. This SoC is equipped with a 1.3GHz dual-core processor and uses the latest ARM v8 64-bit cores. These new cores have been named as Cyclone and the chipset has been manufactured by none other than Samsung, one of the archrivals of Apple when it comes to smartphones and tablets. Samsung has manufactured this SoC using its 28nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process.

Now coming to the next most important part, the GPU. The Apple A7 SoC is equipped with the latest PowerVR G6430 GPU (Series 6). This GPU provides support for OpenGL 3.0, DirectX 10 and OpenCL 1.x. This GPU is one of the best available in the market and definitely ‘the best’ that PowerVR has to offer.

And finally we come to the most obvious part – the RAM. Apple has still not crossed the 1GB of RAM mark, not because the company can’t do so, but because the company does not need to do so. But the RAM used in the Apple iPhone 5S is much better than the ones used previously. The Apple A7 chipset uses the new LPDDR3 type of RAM whereas the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5 both have the LPDDR2 RAM.

The CPU, GPU and RAM are three of the most important parts in a chipset, but the list still goes on. For example, the Modem chips are made by Qualcomm. And if you are interested in the complete list along with the model numbers and other embedded controllers, you can check out all the details in the source link given at the end of the post.

So there you have, almost everything you have wanted to know about the Apple A7 chipset. And if you have been wondering whether the iPhone 5S is worth the money and were having second thoughts about going for the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5C instead, now is the time to think again. The iPhone 5S definitely has some of the best parts available in the market, and is sure to perform much better and smoother than any previous iPhone. Are you happy with what the Apple A7 SoC has to offer? Let us know in the comment below.


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