March 19, 2011

Apple A5 Processor (iPad 2) Smokes NVIDIA Tegra 2 (Motorola Xoom) in Both CPU & GPU Performance

When Apple started designing their own ARM processors for iPad and iPhone, many questioned if they will be able to compete with companies like NVIDIA and Qualcomm, as these companies have more resources and experience in chip development. Apple started with A4 processor based on ARM Cortex-A8 CPU, which was one of the best ARM processors available in 2010 and kept iPhone ahead in the smartphone race. But by Q3 of 2010 other companies started showing dual core ARM Cortex-A9 based chips like Tegra 2 and Snapdragon, and again the same question was raised because Apple wasn’t providing any information about what chip they have in store for 2011.
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