P.A. Semi Chips Not Suited for iPhones and iPods?

Beyond3D looks at the power consumption and concludes that Apple’s P.A. Semi acquisition has nothing to do with future (or at least not near-future) iPhones and iPods:

The company’s dual-core processor, which is manufactured on a 65nm process (likely at IBM), sports typical power consumption of 5 to 13W at 2GHz. Even if shrunk to 45nm, stripped of its second core, synthesized for a lower target frequency, and binned even more aggressively for power efficiency. It’d still be take substantially too much power for a mobile phone. The idle power consumption of 1W would also need to be reduced by more than two orders of magnitude.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008