Apple’s A10 fusion chip smokes the competition, we knew, now we know why

Apple’s A10 Fusion chipset is the first time that the company has introduced a total of four processing cores. Two of them are power cores, while the remaining two are efficient cores, similar to ARM’s Cortex-A53. The latest Chipworks teardown managed to compare the different cores sizes and what we’ve seen so far is that Apple really loves to design big cores, which have their own natural advantages, which we’ll get to in a while.

Apple with the chips A10 Fusion has significantly increased the performance of its smartphones. On paper it is about a 40% improvement compared to the chip A9, but in addition to beat its predecessor, the new processor of the iPhone 7 also shows itself to be head and shoulders above the Android competition.

Proof of this were the different benchmarks carried out on the top of the range as the Huawei Mate 8, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S7, LG G5, and others:



If you take a look at the power cores, which Apple has named them the ‘Hurricane’ cores, these will be responsible for taking care of those tasks which are considered to stress the processor a lot. This core is a lot bigger than Qualcomm’s Kryo, Samsung’s M1 and ARM’s Cortex-A72. Apart from Qualcomm’s Kryo processor core, Apple’s Hurricane is twice the size of the remaining. As for the energy efficient cores, which have been codenamed ‘Zephyr’, this too is bigger than Cortex-A53. Now one reason why Apple keenly develops larger cores compared to the competition is because they equal better speed and efficiency.


Large processing cores will equal a higher number of transistors, which will automatically result in higher efficiency and better firepower. In all the benchmarks that you’ve seen till now, none of the chipsets present in Android flagship smartphones are able to get the better of Apple’s A10 Fusion. Even Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821, which is said to feature its Kryo cores running at a higher speed than the cores present in Snapdragon 820 lags behind the custom-designed chipset belonging to the tech giant.

Linley Gwennap, an analyst at Linley Group believes that Apple’s A10 Fusion performance is so good, it will give a heck of a competition to Intel.

“Apple’s CPU prowess is beginning to rival Intel’s. In fact, the new Hurricane could easily support products such as the MacBook Air that today use lower-speed Intel chips.”

Not only that, Gwennap even forecasts an ominous future for Intel: “Apple’s CPU prowess is beginning to rival Intel’s. In fact, the new Hurricane could easily support products such as the MacBook Air that today use lower-speed Intel chips.”

Whether you believe throwing money at performance is the right move compared to keeping costs down and optimizing everything instead (remember, Apple chipsets don’t always have the best performance per square meter), regardless, Apple designing its own cores has given the company a huge performance lead over the competition. Apple has at least demonstrated its approach makes a lot of money in the end.

Who do you think makes the best chipsets? Is speed or stability more important to you?

via : Barrons


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