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iPad 2 and iPhone 5 Sport a Dual-Core GPU?

Written on January 18, 2011 by Charles Bass

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"A source familiar with Apple's graphics strategy says the company will not only be upgrading its video core, but also going to multiple cores..."---AppleInsider

We heard that the will be sporting a 2048×1536 high resolution screen, but one big question has somehow emerged from the wild minds of the mass. The or graphics processing unit that will power up such high resolution. AppleInsider, a site dedicated to report what’s allegedly inside claims that and probably will be out using a dual-core SGX543 GPU from Imagination Technologies.

As AppleInsider puts it:

“A source familiar with Apple’s graphics strategy says the company will not only be upgrading its video core, but also going to multiple cores, a feature that is designed into the SGX543 design. The most likely configuration of Apple’s next custom chip is reportedly the SGX543MP2, which pairs two SGX543 cores to work as one, offering around four times the capability of the previous A4 in graphics and video tasks.”

We had reported that the latest iOS 4.3 beta SDK includes drivers for the SGX543 GPU, so its seems a bit overrated to say we’re surprised with the news. However, when it was first announced it was billed as a very capable multi-core chip:

“In other words, the SGX543 can have any number of cores from two to sixteen with no change in the driver software or the application. All that complex data/pipeline/thread management is done in hardware. No muss, no fuss.” AppleInsider adds.

If Apple really his grabbing that very high resolution screen for its 2, it is most likely that they upgrade the horsepower of their device to support the feature. There is also a rumor that Apple’s new A5 CPU will also be a multi-core chip.

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