A8 processor headed for iPhone 6, 6 Plus handsets said to incorporate six-core design, other features
Date: Monday, September 15th, 2014, 11:57
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors
Apple’s come a long way with its iPhone processors.
And, according to reports, the new A8 processor is more than 84 times faster than the processor found in the first-yen iPhone back in 2007.
Per a hearty investigation by AnandTech and AppleInsider, the A8 processor that will be found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets is likely equipped with Imagination’s six-core PowerVR Series6XT GX6650. The GX6650 is the only PowerVR part that could both match Apple’s claimed performance improvements and supports ARM’s Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression, which Apple developer documents say is available with its next-generation graphics processors.
ASTC is a relatively new standard for texture compression that allows GPU vendors to make their chips more power efficient, while still maintaining high levels of performance. The codec can compress nearly any texture, no matter the format, and output in a wide variety of bitrates that can be varied based on performance requirements.