9to5 Mac reports today that a new analysis of Apple’s A8X chip, which powers the iPad Air 2, has revealed that the chip is actually even more powerful that was first thought.
The analysis carried out by AnandTech shows that the chip uses an 8 cluster design, which AnandTech says is “even better than I thought.”
9to5 Mac points to the significance of the fact that this information indicates that Apple is getting involved in custom GPU engineering, albeit on a small scale.
To get down to the technical nitty-gritty, it would appear that Apple has managed to fit two Imagination GX6450 PowerVR chips on the same die. A die shot obtained by AnandTech confirmed this to be true, but the site was not able to provide a picture to collaborate this, instead posting a mockup of the internal action in the A8X chip.
Here’s what AnandTech had to say about Apple’s customising of the chip:
Source: 9to5 Mac