iFixit and Chipworks used their high-tech imaging equipment to dissect Apple’s new A6 processor. Besides producing a handful of pretty pictures that detail the die, the two companies also uncovered the unique design of Apple’s processor.
Rather than a traditional computer software-based chip design, the A6 appears to be laid out by hand. This manual layout takes longer to create and is more expensive to manufacture, but it produces a faster processor. Rather than an off-the-shelf solution, Apple is using a custom ARM-based processor that competes with the latest Cortex-A15.
You can check out all the details on iFixit’s website.