It has been a trend for sometimes now that two rivals, Apple and one of its renowned Chinese competitors, Huawei will go on to unveil their new chipsets every September. The same trend has been followed this year as well.
Last week, Huawei unveiled Kirin 990 at IFA 2019 event in Berlin and a few days back, Apple unveiled its A13 Bionic processor. Just to let you know, Apple has been promoting this chipset for quite a while now. The new series of iPhone, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be powered by this A13 Bionic chipset.
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During the iPhone 11 event, Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing of Apple boasted “A13 Bionic is the fastest chip ever in a smartphone, that quickly handles the tasks that matter most to people every day,” at the Apple’s annual product conference in Cupertino, California.
According to reports, Apple’s new chipset, A13 Bionic packs 8.5 billion transistors which is approximately 23% more than its previous generation. Its predecessor, A 12 packed 6.9 million transistors. It was also leaked that the new chip is manufactured with TSMC second-generation 7nm technology.
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Sri Santhanam, Vice President of Engineering of Apple said that the new chipset’s standout feature is its powerful machine learning capability and its low power design. According to him, hundreds of voltage gates enable this A13 Bionic chipset “to activate the subsections required for a given process at a given time.”
It was leaked earlier that A13 Bionic comes integrated with two machine learning accelerators and six CPU cores. Two of the six CPU cores are performance cores and rest four CPU cores are efficiency cores. Together, they enable the chipset to perform 6x faster matrix multiplication than its previous generations. It should be noted that computing matrix multiplication is the core operation of machine learning models.
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On the Contrary, Huawei’s 7nm technology powered Kirin 990 5G chipset comes with 10.3 billion transistors, eight CPU cores, 16 GPU cores, and 3 neural processing units built on Da Vinci architecture.