|Model Number||A12 Bionic|
|Introduction||September 12, 2018 (announced)|
September 21, 2018 (launched)
|Frequency||2,490 MHz (Big), 1,590 MHz (Little)|
|Core Name||Vortex, Tempest, Chinook|
9.89 mm × 8.42 mm
|Word Size||64 bit|
|Max SMP||1-Way (Uniprocessor)|
Fabricated on TSMC 7 nm process and integrating 6.9 billion transistors, the A12 features two big Vortex cores operating at up to 2.4 GHz along with four little Tempest high-efficiency cores. Apple claims the big cores are up to 15% faster than the one in the A11 while being up to 40% more efficient. For the four high-efficiency cores, Apple claims up to 50% higher efficiency. Note that all six cores can operate concurrently.
The A12 features an Apple-designed graphics processor that is said to deliver up to 50% higher performance as well as a neural processor capable of peak performance of 5 TOPS (int8).
The A12 incorporates Apple's image signal processor (ISP), codename Petra, for camera related applications. The ISP is said to deliver faster depth engine and an improved video processor.
The A12 incorporates an Apple-designed GPU. The GPU is a four-core design which is said to deliver 50% performance over the A11 in tessellation and multi-layer rendering as well as lossless memory compression.
The A12 chip features an improved neural engine, codename Quin. Apple stated this is an 8-core design (the A11 featured what they called a dual-core design). The new engine is capable of performing real-time processing at 5 trillion 8-bit operations per second (up from 600 billion).
- iPhone XR
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPad Mini 2019
- iPad Air 2019
- iPad 2020
- Apple TV 2021
- iPad (8th Generation)
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- Apple Keynote. (September 12, 2018). Apple Special Event.
- Daniel Yang, Stacy Wegner. (September 17, 2018) "Apple iPhone Xs Max Teardown". TechInsights.
|core count||6 +|
|core name||Vortex +, Tempest + and Chinook +|
|die area||83.27 mm² (0.129 in², 0.833 cm², 83,270,000 µm²) +|
|die length||9.89 mm (0.989 cm, 0.389 in, 9,890 µm) +|
|die width||8.42 mm (0.842 cm, 0.331 in, 8,420 µm) +|
|first announced||September 12, 2018 +|
|first launched||September 21, 2018 +|
|full page name||apple/ax/a12 +|
|instance of||microprocessor +|
|isa family||ARM +|
|ldate||September 21, 2018 +|
|market segment||Mobile + and Embedded +|
|max cpu count||1 +|
|microarchitecture||Vortex + and Tempest +|
|model number||A12 Bionic +|
|name||A12 Bionic +|
|part number||APL1W81 + and T8020 +|
|process||7 nm (0.007 μm, 7.0e-6 mm) +|
|smp max ways||1 +|
|thread count||6 +|
|transistor count||6,900,000,000 +|
|used by||iPhone XR +, iPhone XS +, iPhone XS Max +, iPad Mini 2019 +, iPad Air 2019 +, iPad 2020 +, Apple TV 2021 + and iPad (8th Generation) +|
|word size||64 bit (8 octets, 16 nibbles) +|