Apple’s A4 CPU Chip

CNET has a closer look at Apple’s first branded CPU chip, the “A4”, and the magic that truly powers the new iPad

Richard Doherty, director of technology consulting firm Envisioneering Group, in an interview last week said this about the Apple chip technology versus competing silicon from companies like Qualcomm, Freescale, and others that license the basic design from ARM: “There’s nothing that I can see from ARM licensees or Intel that could challenge the power-per-watt, the power-per-buck, the power-per-cubic-millimeter of size. Apple is going to have quite a performance, battery efficiency, and cost advantage over the competition.”

And again, for those of you who think the iPad is just an over-sized iPhone or iPod Touch, well, sure it is. To a degree.  But being that reductive is cynical and myopic. The iPad is a different sort of beast, as Stephen Fry points out. The iPad is the future of computing as many people have envisioned it.  One where a person could easily mount a 19″ or 26″ iPad to a kitchen wall (in the future), a living room wall, a bedroom wall and have a truly inter-connect home network.

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