iPad 3 To Feature A5X Chip and Not A6?

For months, conventional wisdom coupled with a number of rumors, had Apple’s forthcoming iPad 3 would feature the A6 system-on-a-chip processor. Supposed leaked iPad 3 parts clearly showed an Apple A5X chip, leading to speculation as to whether that was intended for the next generation iPad or perhaps destined for another iOS product such as the AppleTV 3.  All Things D weighed in today with information from BlueFin Research Partners analyst Steve Mullane, suggesting that the A5X is indeed the processor found inside the iPad 3 when it gets released. Mullane believes Samsung isn’t equipped to manufacture 28-naonmeter core chips.

iPad 3 logic board

“[Samsung’s] Austin logic fab … supports the mass production of the 45-nanometer AAPL A5 processor, and is ramping on a 32-nanometer process,” Mullane says. “Since the A6 processor is based on a 28-nanometer process, we believe the 32-nanometer ramp validates the recent rumors that the iPad 3 will likely use a higher speed, die-shrink version of the A5 dual-core processor, named the A5X processor, as opposed to the next-generation A6 quad-core processor.”

At some point, possibly even this week, Apple will be announce an event to introduce the iPad 3. Finally, an opportunity to put all the rumors to rest and see what’s really inside Apple’s latest iPad.

Source: All Things D

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