Apple A10X Fusion
Apple A10X Fusion.jpg
General information
LaunchedJune 13, 2017
DiscontinuedApril 20, 2021
Designed byApple Inc.
Common manufacturer(s)
Product codeAPL1071[2]
Max. CPU clock rateto 2.38 GHz[3]
Cache
L1 cachePer core: 64 KB instruction + 64 KB data[4]
L2 cache8 MB shared[4]
Architecture and classification
ApplicationMobile
Technology node10FF nm[1]
MicroarchitectureHurricane and Zephyr
Instruction setARMv8.1-A: A64, A32, T32
Physical specifications
Cores
GPU(s)12 core[5]
Products, models, variants
Variant(s)
History
PredecessorApple A9X
SuccessorApple A12X Bionic

The Apple A10X Fusion is a 64-bit ARM-based system on a chip (SoC) designed by Apple Inc. and manufactured by TSMC. It first appeared in the 10.5" iPad Pro and the second-generation 12.9" iPad Pro, which were both announced on June 5, 2017.[6] The A10X is a variant of the A10 and Apple claims that it has 30 percent faster CPU performance and 40 percent faster GPU performance than its predecessor, the A9X.[6]

Design

The A10X features an Apple-designed 64-bit 2.38 GHz[3] ARMv8-A six-core CPU, with three high-performance Hurricane cores and three energy-efficient Zephyr cores.[5][1] The A10X also integrates a twelve-core graphics processing unit (GPU)[5] which appears to be the same Apple customized Imagination PowerVR cores used in the A10.[7] Embedded in the A10X is the M10 motion coprocessor.[8]

Built on TSMC's 10 nm FinFET process[7] with a die size of 96.4mm2, the A10X is 34% smaller than the A9X and as of June 2017 is the smallest iPad SoC.[1] The A10X is the first TSMC 10nm chip to be used by a consumer device.[1]

The A10X is paired with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory in the second-generation 12.9" iPad Pro[9] and the 10.5" iPad Pro,[2] and 3 GB in the 4K Apple TV.[10]

The support of Codecs by decoding and encoding is extended to HEVC 264 and JPEG. HEVC 265 (8/10bit), VP8, VP9, AVC and VC1 are available for decoding. AV1 is not supported by hardware. [11]

Products that include the Apple A10X

See also

References

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  6. ^ a b "iPad Pro, in 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models, introduces the world's most advanced display and breakthrough performance" (Press release). Apple. June 5, 2017. Archived from the original on June 5, 2017. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Wei, Andy (June 29, 2017). "10 nm Process Rollout Marching Right Along". TechInsights. Archived from the original on August 3, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  8. ^ "iPad Pro Tech Specs". Apple. June 5, 2017. Archived from the original on June 5, 2017. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  9. ^ "10.5-inch and 12.9-inch 2017 iPad Pro FAQ: Everything you need to know!". iMore. Archived from the original on 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  10. ^ "Apple TV 4K Teardown". iFixit. September 25, 2017. Archived from the original on September 26, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  11. ^ "Apple A10". Archived from the original on 2021-11-28. Retrieved 2022-09-22.