Apple introduced two new iPad Pro models at WWDC 17. Both have an A10X Fusion processor developed by TSMC. The chip offers CPU performance 30% faster than the previous generation of iPad Pro, and they were already incredibly powerful, so imagine!
Another of the most interesting factors of this hardware update reflects 40% more speed in graphics performance.
Today, the TechInsights company has analyzed in depth the A10X processor of the iPad Pro confirming that in its manufacture the FinFET process of 10 nanometers was used.
They used 16 nm processes in their manufacture
The 10-nanometer FinFET process was carried out by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company). A totally new process that has led the company to position itself above Samsung and Intel in the manufacturing of Apple's mobile devices.
Thus, TSMC has become the first company worldwide to incorporate a 10-nanometer chip into a technology device.
The Apple A7 chip used a 28-nanometer process, the A8 chip used a 20-nanometer process, while the A9 and A10 chips used a 16-nanometer process.
In addition, it is curious to discover that the A10X chips of the new iPad Pro are 24% smaller than the A10 generation. In other words, Apple has never had a processor as small as the A10X. Smaller and more powerful, how wonderful is technology!
In this graph, we can clearly see how Apple's processors (SoC) system has been changing in size over the last few years:
And in the following table you can compare all the specifications of the new A10X processor with respect to the previous Apple chips (A9X, A8X and A6X):
Apple took advantage of the 10-nanometer process of the A10X processor to reduce the size of the chip, and that every millimeter of the hardware components of the iPhone and iPad is important to offer consumers more comfortable, lighter, thinner and more light.