Usually, the folks at iFixit’s tend to tear down cell phones.
When the Apple A6 came out, they changed their program and take their readers on a trip into a semiconductor analysis lab. This is quite interesting to see, and makes a worthwile read for every electronics head – even if he profusely dislikes the iPhone 5.
As quite a few rumors pointing to a quad core processor are around, it is a nice touch to see iFixit debunk that:
* Delving deeper into the center of the A6, we find dual ARM cores and three PowerVR graphics cores!
In addition to that, Apple seems to reduce their technical exposure to Samsung:
* During the iPhone 5 teardown, we referenced the B8164B3PM label we found on the A6 processor, which denoted 1GB of Elpida LP DDR2 SDRAM. The die mark and photo (shown in the A6 teardown) confirmed the strong hunch that the A6′s 1GB LP DDR2 SDRAM is provided by Elpida.
Find a bunch of images here: