The first 10nmTSMC chip (the new iPad Pro A10X) is the smallest iPad SoC die size. The A10X is a chip system of 64-bit used with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (second-generation). According to the American company, the A10X has a much-improved CPU performance (30%) and a 40 % better GPU performance than the A9X.
According to experts, the A10X SoC was manufactured using a 10 nanometer process, resulting in an extremely top-notch chip which delivers high-performance. So far it is also the smallest in size.
What else can the A10X offer?
In terms of design, the A10X is very similar to the A9X, only that A10X has upped CPU cores from 2 to 3. Also the L2 Cache was increased to 8MB. The reduction of the 10nm process means that the power consumption is reduced.
The system on a chip (SoC) is a circuit which integrates together all components of an electronic system. Its functions may contain digital, analog and radio-frequency functions. It usually contains a microprocessor, memory blocks (RAM), oscillator, analog interfaces (ADC, DAC).
TechInsights offer some info
According to TechInsights Apple collaborated with TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited) to create the A10X SoC. TSMC is a semiconductor fabrication plant and it is the largest, independent plant worldwide.
The tests performed on the A10X show that it can hit up to 3929 in Geekbench 4 and on multi-core it goes all the way to 9372 (82% more than A9X). SO far, there is no other device to rival with Apple’s A-series chips.
It seems that the company takes was serious when it announced that tablets will successfully replace laptops. Maybe there is more work to do in terms of keyboards, mouse and pencils, but they are on the right track.