Apple's insistence a custom design of chips such as the Neural Engine in the iPhe XS, XS Max and XR is about unleashing the other designers of the company, according to the leadership of its chip architects.
"It's about having the pieces that are critical and do not let anything get in the way," said VP Tim Millet Wired in an interview published Tuesday. "The experiences we provide over the phe are critically dependent the chip."
Work the first generati Neural Engine, which appeared in the iPhe 8, 8 Plus and X, reportedly began a few years ago with photography in mind. Engineers at the company thought that iPhe cameras could be improved through machine learning, and some of the first results were the Portrait Lighting and Face ID technologies of 2017.
"We could not have de that [Face ID] without the neural motor, & # 39; said Millet.
The Neural Engine of the secd generati in 2018 iPhes can perform 5 trilli operatis per secd and helps to provide more photo-related functis, such as the ability to ctrol the depth of field after a photo is taken, and a better augmented reality. Apple also opens the chip for use by third-party developers.
Most n-Apple smartphes use standard chip designs from companies such as Qualcomm. Although powerful and steadily progressing, Apple's internal design has made it possible to build tight hardware / software integrati and achieve functis that would otherwise have to wait.
Apple has designed custom chips since the A4 processor that was used in the iPhe 4 of 2010, after the acquisiti of PA Semi. The actual producti was handled by Samsung for some time, but is now csidered the exclusive domain of TSMC.
The use of custom designs has more to offer than the central processors for things like the T2 chip that processes things like the Touch Bar and SSDs in Macs. Some external chips remain, such as mobile and wifi.