The motivation for this post comes from the news published by the well-known Weibo technology blogger Ice Universe. As per the post, the GeekBench running score of the Apple A12 processor has been conducted. The Apple A12 Geekbench score for single core test is 5,200 points and 1300 points in multi-core test.
Currently, Apple’s A11 processor performance is very strong, multi-core and single-core Geekbench scores are significantly ahead of competitors such as the Snapdragon 845. However, Qualcomm, Huawei (Hisilicon) and other manufacturers are desperately chasing Apple’s streak. So, will the A12, which will be unveiled on three new iPhones this year, continue to maintain its performance advantage?
Apple A12 Chip Specs (Tentative)
It is too early for the official specifications, however, there are leaked information on the process node. TSMC has been able to mass-produce 7nm process chips this year. Compared with the 10nm FinFET process, TSMC’s 7nm FinFET 1.6X logic density increases speed by about 20% and power consumption by about 40%, which has been adopted by Apple on the A11 launched last year. With the 10nm process, it is almost certain that the A12 will use the 7nm FinFET process.
In addition, in addition to the enhancements brought by the process, Apple will also adopt a custom architecture on its A-series processors, so its actual performance improvement may be higher than the theoretical value.
In terms of parameters, A11 uses TSMC’s 10nm FinFET process and integrates 4.3 billion transistors. It is equipped with a 64-bit ARMv8-A 6-core CPU, including two performance cores called “Monsoon” and four The high-efficiency core named “Mistral” has a performance core that is 25% faster than the previous generation A10, and the energy efficiency core is 70% faster.
It is said that A11 will reasonably assign tasks between the performance core and the energy efficiency core, intelligently manage tasks appropriately, and hand over lightweight tasks or background tasks to high-performance cores, such as texting or browsing the web, many daily Most of the work done can be done with an energy-efficient core and consumes less power.
Moreover, this is a neural engine chip that can be used to accelerate artificial intelligence tasks such as face recognition, expression generation, augmented reality, etc. This engine recognizes people, places, and objects and processes machine learning at 600 billion times per second. Mission, currently, augmented reality and one of the main features of Apple’s mobile phone.
Apple A12 Vs A11 Benchmark (Estimated)
Compared with the A11, the single-core and multi-core scores of the A11 are 4,200 points respectively. And about 10,000 points, which means that the single-core/multi-core performance of A12 will be 24%/30% higher than A11.
The latest news is that Apple’s A12 chip has entered the final stage, and will be unveiled with the new machine in September this year. The A11 can already match the performance of the notebook chip, which makes the A12 more full of expectations.
DC works as a technology analyst in a research and advisory firm specializing in automotive, energy, electronics, and semiconductors domain. When he's not working, he loves gaming on his modest pc build, loves sci-fi films, and big pop culture geek!