Some parting thoughts
First, it will be interesting to see if the die size plateaus at some point.
With the pixel count now stabilized for the last two generations of 10.1” iPad, the added circuit horsepower is driving improved performance – not more pixels.
Second, it will be interesting to see how the block count evolves going forward, with IP of the anobit
acquisitions possibly showing up in future designs.
Finally, the big one: Will there be an Apple designed GPU? It is clear that the GPU is continually consuming more silicon whether you look across the whole family our just within one branch. Based on the move to a custom CPU design this may well be in the back of their head. The question of sufficient engineering resources and/or graphics IP is a topic best left for another day.
About the authors:
--Paul Boldt is a principal analyst at Ned, Maude, Todd & Rod Inc., an Ottawa-based technology research company.
--Don Scansen is a partner at IP Research Group, a technology consulting firm delivering service to intellectual property clients.