Detailed analysis of Apple A6 core reveals layout done by hand

Arstechnica: Over the last week, more and more details of Apple's custom A6 processor design have come to light, including a custom armv7s-compatible core design and its triple-core GPU. Detailed analysis by Chipworks and iFixit have revealed that Apple's custom ARM core design appears to have been laid out by hand instead of by computer algorithms—a time-consuming process that can result in optimized high-frequency operation.

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