According to various sources, Apple would be designing two ARM chips with 32 and 64 cores . The development of the first would be well advanced, but the second would not.
It is undeniable that the Apple M1 SoC has shown very good performance along with an efficiency that is difficult to beat. So much so, that it has questioned x86 CPUs, at least in the notebook sector. Today’s news has to do with the development of 2 ARM processors with 32 and 64 cores, which will power next generation Macs.
Apple would design an ARM chip better than M1
Those from Cupertino are the kings of efficiency and optimization, making a simple SoC to compete against CPUs from Intel and AMD. So, Apple has drawn up a more ambitious plan: to get a more powerful chip than the M1 for Mac. And its beginning could not be better, Apple Silicon is on the map and has come to stay.
The Apple M1 is a SoC that recently landed, but it was tested by many relevant tools (especially professionals). Well, Apple has plans to expand its Apple Silicon family with chips more powerful than the M1, at least with more cores than this.
In the first place, they would be designing an ARM chip with up to 32 cores , but the source assures that there is another with 64 cores on paper. Grabbing the basis of the M1 is a SoC of 8 cores and process of 5nm used in the MacBook Air and Pro, such as the Mac mini.
Although the source does not clarify, both the 32-core chip and the 64-core chip would come with a 5nm process, brand of TSMC. If so, Apple would not only enhance its laptops with this chip but the possibility of using it in its most powerful range: the Mac Pro is rumored. .
What options do we have in the Mac Pro? Processors Intel Xeon W 8 to 28 cores. Emphasize that they are not SoCs, but x86 processors, whose power is significantly higher than SoCs, unless Apple has a surprise prepared.
In my opinion, SoCs for handheld devices are a complete success, but the battle on the desktop is fought differently. It is true that companies care about power consumption, but also high performance that only AMD and Intel are capable of providing.
The same source favors the option that the 64-core chip will not be used in portable devices, that is, it would remain outside the MacBook range.
Intel concerns rise
We could say that the Intel offices are agitated because they have “a garden in which dwarfs grow”, the analogy is worth. For starters, users are already hesitating between AMD and Intel for desktop gaming use, which was not the case 4 years ago.
For now, Intel retains much of the server market share, but EPYC is moving fast and AMD is winning quite a few contracts that were previously far behind. The thing is no different in notebooks, seeing the rise of many notebooks powered by Ryzen 4000, after Renoir consolidated.
Finally, we have Apple, one of Intel’s best customers. During all these years, Macs were equipped with Intel CPUs, but those of Cupertino have decided to create their own chips. This means that Apple’s orders to Intel will decline to the point where there will be no more orders because Apple will only offer its own chips.
Do you think Apple will stop having Intel in the future? Do you think that these chips will give war to Intel and AMD?