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A6 processor has 1GHz dual-core CPU and three-core GPU

The iPhone 5 equipped with the powerful A6, the first processor designed by Apple. IFixit joined Chipworks to take a look inside the ?engine? of the new smartphone, bringing even more information.

A6 processor interior

The A6 processor, designed by Apple.

A photo taken by an electron microscope shows the layout of the new chip, which, according to Chipworks, was done manually unlike most manufacturers, which does it using complex software. As a result, the A6 is extremely efficient and fast, even with just two cores running at 1GHz.

Manufactured by Samsung, the new processor measures just 9.7 × 9.9mm, 22% smaller than the A5 (which equips iPads 2 and iPhones 4S) and produced using the 32 nanometer CMOS process. The custom ARM chip also has a PowerVR GPU with three cores.

The folks at iFixit and Chipworks also found that the 1GB of RAM on Elpida's iPhone 5 (LP DDR2 SDRAM), the same memory found on Motorola's RAZRs MAXX.

THE tested the iPhone 5 to find out how much faster it was when compared to other iPhones and Android phones. The results show that it is 2.5 times faster than the iPhone 4S, and 4.2 times faster than the iPhone 4.

Benchmarks: iPhone 5 against Galaxy SIII and RAZR M

In tests related to graphics, it was 8 times faster than the iPhone 4 and 3 times faster when compared to the Galaxy S III and RAZR M using the 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor.

(via AppleInsider: 1, 2)