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Comparing Apple Apps Processors

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									Comparison of Apps Processors
 for Apple Handheld Products
       iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad


                April 8, 2010

                 Young Choi
           iPhone – 1st Generation Apps
           Processor




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           Die Photo of – 1st Generation Apps
           Processor




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           Diffusion Die Photo – 1st Generation
           Apps Processor




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           iPhone 3G – 2nd Generation Apps
           Processor




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           Die Photo – 2nd Generation Apps
           Processor




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           Apps processors for iPhone and
           iPhone 3G
                           Apps processor for the iPhone   Apps processor for the iPhone 3G




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           iPhone 3GS – Apps Processor




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           iPhone 3GS – Apps Processor




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            Diffution Die Photo - iPhone 3GS
            Apps Processor




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            Identification of the 3GS AP




                                       Samsung App Processor   Samsung App Processor
                                        for PND (ARM11 Core)     for the iPhone 3G S
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            iPod Touch – 2nd Generation Apps
            Processor




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            iPod Touch – 2nd Generation Apps
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            iPod Touch – 3rd Generation Apps
            Processor




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            iPod Touch – 3rd Generation Apps
            Processor




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            iPod Touch – 3rd Generation Apps
            Processor




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            iPad Apps Processor – A4




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            A4 Die Photo & Die Marking




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            Comparison of Apps Processors
                               iPod Touch                   iPhone 3GS                 SEC 65nm App Processor




                    •      Some similarity between the package markings
                    •      Some similarity between the die markings and surrounding patterns
                    •      Further SEM cross section analyses confirmed that the iPhone 3GS process is
                           manufactured by Samsung
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iPod Touch vs. iPhone 3GS vs. Samsung
                               iPod Touch                     iPhone 3GS                 SEC App Processor




                       •       Some similarity between the package markings
                       •       Some similarity between the die markings and surrounding patterns
                       •       Further SEM cross section analyses confirmed that the iPhone 3GS processor is
                               manufactured by Samsung
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      Comparison with 45nm Apps
      Processors




                      • The Apps Processor for the iPod Touch has been confirmed to be the Samsung 45nm processor
                      • The A4 Process appears to have very similar look to that of the iPod Touch Apps Processor
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            Apple Apps Processor Time Line
                  2007                                        2008                        2009                      2010




      iPhone              iPod Touch              iPhone 3G      iPod Touch    iPhone 3GS     iPod Touch        iPad
      Q2 2007               (1st gen)               Q3 2008       (2nd gen)      Q2 2009       (3rd Gen)       Q2 2010
                            Q3 2007                                Q3 2008                      Q3 2009
   Applications Processors: 8900B series                                      Applications Processors: APL series

                  •      Apple appears to have done processor designs since the iPod Touch 2nd generation
                         released in Q3 2008 (with Samsung)
                  •      Given that the iPod Touch and the iPhone use the same operating systems, Apple
                         must have gained significant experience to prepare the new applications processor
                         line by using it with the 2nd generation iPod Touch prior to launching the iPhone 3GS
                  •      The A4 processor, an Apple designed apps processor for the iPad, has the same
                         part numbering convention as the other apps processors since the 2nd generation
                         iPod Touch (APL series). The iPad is also using the iPhone OS.

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            Summary
            •      TechInsights has good coverage of applications processors of all
                   Apple handheld products: iPod Touches and iPhones.
            •      TechInsights has been able to identify foundry of applications
                   processors of Apple handheld products as “Samsung” through various
                   process analyses and tacking of every generation of Apple handheld
                   products.
            •      The process technologies for applications processor identified so far
                   includes 90nm eDRAM, 65nm, and 45nm node.
            •      TechInsights has detailed structure analysis report completed on all
                   three process node parts.
            •      A detailed analysis on the Apple iPad Apps Processor (A4) has been
                   started. Initial and preliminary results suggest that the A4 could be
                   another processor with Samsung 45nm process technology. More
                   details to follow after SEM cross sections and cross examination with
                   the existing Samsung 45nm analysis results.


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