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Apple is also preparing a GPU

Apple is also preparing a GPU

We’ve known for a while now that Apple will switch from Intel to its own CPUs. Apple Silicon will be ARM solutions. However, for a while, Apple will remain dependent on AMD, especially to have the right graphics cards on its iMac and Mac Pro.

Apple moving towards total hardware independence?

We say “for a while” because it seems that here too Apple is trying to push its quest for total independence. Thus, Apple’s engineers would already be working on their own dedicated GPU.

Things even seem to be moving very fast since the first graphics card from Apple Silicon’s labs could arrive in the second half of 2021 according to the Commercial Times.

This GPU, named Lifuka, ” promises higher compute performance and better performance per watt compared to other GPUs “. This is a phrase we’re familiar with at Apple. All the easier since no basis for comparison is announced to support the statement.

Finally, Apple Silicon’s work will not stop at desktop computers since a chip with the code name of Tonga is also in the pot for Macbooks.

Apple GPU

The production of the dedicated Lifuka GPU would likely be entrusted to TSMC which will use a 5nm process.

Note for later : If everyone entrusts TSMC with their production, the question of the latter’s position will quickly arise. The same applies to customer/production bottling, which will mechanically generate a price increase.

The Apple GPU has PowerVR DNA

According to the Commercial Times, the Lifuka GPU would be equipped with TBDR (Tile-Based Deferred Rendering) technology. TBDR is the same technology used in the Imagination Technologies PowerVR GPUs, which Apple used in its A4 chip from 2010 to 2017. Earlier this year, Apple re-launched its relationship with Imagination Technologies with a multi-year agreement that gives Apple access to the UK chip designer’s intellectual property. However, earlier this year, the company had been the subject of a takeover attempt by China amid rumors of relocation. A situation that could have put Apple’s plans in jeopardy, given the US authorities’ concerns about what is at stake in terms of control of technology.

Apple GPU

The British government was able to put an end (temporarily?) to these uncertainties, probably freeing Apple’s ambitions at the same time.

In any case, from Apple to nVidia via Intel and AMD, the big maneuvers are accelerating and promise, we hope, an abundance of new technologies.

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Edited by Calliers

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