iFixit and Chipworks have partnered to post a teardown of the new Apple A6 chip used in the iPhone 5.
Geeks rejoice! We have partnered with Chipworks for a double-the-geeks, double-the-fun teardown of Apple’s new A6 Processor. The A6 is rumored to make use of two custom 1 GHz CPUs running the ARMv7s instruction set. Along our journey into the A6, we’ll also give you a sneak peak at some of the fun toys instruments at Chipworks.
● The A6′s 1GB LP DDR2 SDRAM is provided by Elpida
● The Apple A6-labeled APL0598 on the package marks and APL0589B01 on the inside-is fabricated by Samsung on their 32 nm CMOS process and measures 9.70 mm x 9.97 mm.
● It looks like the ARM core blocks were laid out manually–as in, by hand. A manual layout will usually result in faster processing speeds, but it is much more expensive and time consuming.