"However, when you look at the benchmarks the results don't scale with the core numbers"
"However, in the case of mobile devices it's not the graphics benchmark score that matters, it's the performance per watt."
Even that is somehow a bit of an open concept. There are many performance based benchmarks that show the SoC under a full load and what you would expect. A teenage boy who wants to spend his bus ride home play a first person shooter game has a different need than someone who looks at her phone for the first time in 8 hours after a charge and expects that she can surf the internet on it for a few hours.
The thing that they haven't confirmed is what is insideho the TSMC processor. My question has been is this a true 20nm planar processor made by TSMC? The last report we got was that TSMC was having huge problems with the yeilds of 20nm planar. So, how did they fix this so quickly? How did they fix it to the point that they aren't throwing away huge portions of the batch? They would have to be getting very high yields by now to keep up with the consumer demand for the iPhone. What is the probability that this is a pseudo 20nm? That means its really more like a 28nm than a 20nm but there are some 20nm aspects and for marketing purposes it's called a 20nm? The die shrink suggests a 20nm, but the benchmarkss aren't all that impressive. What I am asking is if corners have been cut?
Yes, exactly, this is a premium phone, but in the real world it doesn't lead the pack. Yet it's still going to set sales records because of the new, larger sizes will bring back some former Apple enthusiasts. Those up in the air between Apple and Android will probably conclude that there are better phones in the market than the iPhone.
The benchmark geeks have something to cheer for with the iPhone 6. It is an improvement over the iPhone 5S. But how much of one is up in the air? Those who can care less about benchmark stats and live in the real world of needed to use a phone day in and day out may be less excited, People are on Twitter mentioning issues with battery life already.
The larger issue is the span from the high end to the low of the average ARM based smartphone you can buy today at most retail outlets has gotten more shallow. The band from worst to best isn't that great. This can lead to consumer indifference. This makes letting competition like Intel into the market that much easier. By next summer Intel will have specs that are on par if not better than ARM's average phone. I think it will be in among ARM's best offerings. With Intel offering to pay for half the advertising and offering rebates the door in seems to be getting wider.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are out today, the teardowns confirm TSMC (at least in the units investigated) . The phones for what has been shared thus far are fine. In the innovation realm there isn't a lot to make Android loyalist drool. Still Apple will sooner or later sell 60 million of these phones and that's all that really matters, isn't it?
As far as performance specs are concerned it doesn't beat the Galaxy S5, and the S6 is coming out soon. The 25% performance increase over the iPhone 5S hasn't been substantiated universally. A Phonearena benchmark claims it's more like a 5 performance increase "almost commensurate with the CPU clock increase from 1.3 GHz to 1.4 GHz."
This is the bar that Apple has set for Intel. They raised the bar, slightly this year. If Samsung doesn't have a brilliant performance with the Galaxy S6 will this show that ARM is having a problem keeping up with Moore's Law? Performance leads aren't important? How long can this statement remain true?
28nm planar is a node that TSMC has pushed. Have they significantly improved the yield, or are they losing money by the millions just to secure a spot at the Apple Christmas party? 28nm planar is state of he art for TSMC, it cost more to move to this node, not less. It may be worth the extra money if the performance specs blew us away. They didn't. With Intel pulling up fast in the rear view mirror this was Apple/ARM's chance to shift into a higher gear and put some space between it and Intel. Though Intel is still behind it just seems to be moving a lot faster than Apple.
iPhone 6, a polite clap but no standing ovations.
2 days ago Toms Hardware
Intel announced the commercial availability of its discrete LTE-Advanced modem, the XMM 7260, which it previewed earlier this year at MWC as one of the first global LTE-Advanced modems. The modem will soon ship inside the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone. Intel has also managed to have its five-mode XMM 7262 LTE FDD/TDD chipset certified on China Mobile, China’s largest carrier, which gives the company access to the largest mobile market in the world.
Intel got into the 3G/LTE game when it acquired the wireless division of Infineon back in 2011. In 2013 it also bought Fujitsu Wireless, so Intel’s intentions about the LTE market are rather clear – the company wants to become a strong player in what it believes will be a high-growth market. Intel is now making LTE modems for its own x86 Atom chips, but also for other ARM processors, which are currently in the vast majority of mobile devices.
Qualcomm, the leader in mobile processors and LTE modems, has grown its business by combining the two type of chips to improve cost, cut down on time to market for OEMs (easier to launch in products) and also improve costs for OEMs by bundling them together.
This has been a strong and successful strategy for Qualcomm, but at the same time it has left a significant void in the market for discrete 3G/LTE modems for those OEMs that don’t want to use Qualcomm’s chips. This is the type of customer Intel hopes to win in the near future, with the goal of eventually becoming a close second to Qualcomm in LTE modem market share.
Seems that our good friend Mr. Nenni is at it again. Every year when the new iPhone comes out he writes a scathing article aboiut Intel and how much more superior the latest A series SoC is to whatever Intel has. Then he gets his flunky Whacky Ed to write very far fetched articles about how the business world is going to switch to Apple and all of Apple will be powered by an A series processor. It's the same show year after year, until the tear downs happen and the real world stats come out, and then they going into hiding for the rest of the year.
This time Daniel got a "Semi Conductor Adviser" by the name of Robert Maire to buy into his nonsense. Maire is with "Semiconductor Advisers." You never heard of this outfit? Me either, maybe it's Daniel's brother of his ever so sexy wife. Sexy is relative, just like his credibility.
But, things got a bit more interesting. Barron's Tech Trader bought into the analysis coming out of Maire and wrote about it. Tiernan Ray, the unfortunate victim of Nenni's hyperbole got something between his teeth kicked in and his butt handed to him in the comment section. After about an hour of trying to defend his article in the comment section he simply gave up.
I think the entire thing is hilarious. Tieman is learning that it's not wise to quote the village idiot while Daniel is taking his article (minus the comments) and having it framed for his office. His car, his wife, and this article are his three big claims to fame.
There you have it, feed the 24 hour news cycle just enough information when there is an information void and you too can briefly find credibility. Great going Daniel, you suckered somebody.
Why Wallis, last time I breathed down your neck you put a restraining order against me! You are thin skinned, but if you would like to see what I can do than I'll bring it on.
Wallis Weaver, why do you think I can't see behind your 100 ID's? If you like to make this personal I will make certain that you feel me.
Looks like the same old same old. They are no closer to this happening today than they were yesterday.
Redfish helps push Intel's stock up and yet it's difficult to quantify how many sales dollars if any it will bring in on an annual basis. The way I look at it is that Red Fish is the 96th story of an ever growing building that Intel's competitors must compete against. They have lot of great ideas how to take on Intel at the first 10 levels. Their press releases are based on it. The next 86 levels? They are low on ideas.
For those needing a smoking gun on a cloud security breach at Apple to throw sand at Intel you didn't get your wish. Here's how the celebrities got hacked. First they took selfies of their naughty bits. When they tried to erase the images they remained on the cloud. Second they posted and talked about every aspect of their lives. Someone with too much time on their hands went through and figured out with the information that the posted publicly about themselves what their iCloud passwords were. Third, when inside their account they looked through thousands of boring pics to find the money shots. Intel is still the champion of only data security hardware. It can't fight against stupidity.
Thanks, I will spin it. This guy knows where the bones are buried, and who to talk to.
I thought the A series processor was the only thing Apple needed to hold a lead. What good are these 1000 processor folks working for Apple if they can't justify their existence?
GM used to have some of the unsafest cars on the road. They had a Malibu at one point that would cost an additional $9 to fix the gas tank, but lawsuits would only cost them less than $3 per car. They have made large strides in safety. A recent article said that GM cars are about as safe as anything on the road. They promote safety though GM cars aren't as safe as a Volvo.
Intel can talk about energy efficiency because this was ARM's selling point against Intel. Intel is making huge stride to change it's image. They can promote this fact now because the improvements began.
It's a message about energy efficiency. It's the direction the company is heading with more energy efficient processors.
I agree about iPad being a momentum sale. They are looking to make the screen larger such as around 12.9 inches. I don't know if that's enough to justify the high prices. People are going to want a bit more performance than they can get with an iPad which leads to a Core processor. I can see 15" Transformer style tablet from Apple in the iPad Air line. The keyboard can hold extra batteries which can power and recharge the tablet.