iPhone To Receive More Powerful ARM CPU in 2010?
Tomorrow Apple is set to officially introduce the iPhone 3GS with an improved 600 MHz ARM CPU but there already talks that a much more powerful will be arriving. However, it won’t arrive for some time.
James Bruce, ARM’s wireless segment manager has confirmed that the company’s follow up to the Cortex A8 (aptly called the A9) will be making waves in major smartphones next year. The obvious speculation is that Apple will incorporate the dual core A9 into it’s next generation iPhone. It wouldn’t be surprising as Apple is keen on accelerating the iPhone’s underlying hardware. More on the CPU:
“What we’ve done on the A9 is actually make it more power efficient than the A8. The dual-core A9 will be coming out on 45-nanometer rather than the (current) 65-nanometer process,” Bruce said. Generally, the smaller the geometries, the faster and more power-efficient the processor is.
Bruce continued. “With the dual-core running at maximum load there’s probably going to be an increase of about 10 to 20 percent in power consumption but in general day to day use you’re actually going to see better battery life.”