According to a new analysis of the chip that powers the iPad Air 2, the A8X SoC, Apple appears to have moved to a semi-custom design for the graphics processor, all while employing an unusual triple-core CPU. The GPU found in the A8X isnít like the previous parts from the long-time partner Imagination Technologies that the previous chips used to rely on. Instead itís a design that comprises of essentially two Imaginationís 4-core G6450 GPUs.

For those of you who didnít know, Apple is a minority investor in Imagination and licenses their GPU designs. As a result, Apple is allowed to create customized versions of the parts which can be included in the A-series chips.

In addition to the GPU being custom, the A8X was found to only have three physical CPU cores. Its tri-core design was already known but previously, many speculated that the design would be that of a quad-core processor with one of the four cores being disabled. The A8X contains approximately 1 billion more transistors than the A8 which powers the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The Cupertino California even doubled the processorís L2 cache to 2 megabytes, increased the clock speed to 1.5 gigahertz and moved to a 128-bit wide memory bus, all of which improve the output of the chip significantly.

Those of you interested in reading about the A8X chip analysis can do so by heading over to Anandtech (just hit the source link below).

Source: AnandTech via AppleInsider