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Apple Uses Intel's Nehalem Die Shot in A5 CPU Slide

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 37 comments

Intel influenced Apple on the A5... sorta.

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At the Apple event with the big iPhone 4S reveal, the company took the time to highlight again its A5 processor – the same processor that's been running in the iPad 2 since earlier this year. The leap from the Apple A4 in the iPhone 4 to the A5 is fairly significant, as it moves up an ARM generation as well as adds a second core.

Graphically, the A5 is exceptionally strong compared to the previous Apple generation, and is besting today's strongest competition. Apple has a lot to be proud of for its package-on-package system-on-chip design choices.

At the mention of the A5's dual-core capability the official promo video (above), Apple used a fairly attractive-looking die shot. Our friend Anand of AnandTech also noticed the die shot and tweeted about the striking similarities between Apple's image of its A5 and Intel's 45nm Nehalem CPU.

Apple's image of its A5Apple's image of its A5

Intel's 45nm NehalemIntel's 45nm Nehalem

We're sure that Apple wasn't trying to mislead anyone into thinking that its A5 chip is an equivalent to Intel's Nehalem design. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and liberally borrowing from Intel's excellent die shots is nothing but a compliment… and likely the product of some uninspired Photoshopping.

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    billybobser , October 6, 2011 11:11 AM
    I think you'll find Apple designed Nehalem, and are currently pursuing intel in the courts for copyright infringement on the 'look and feel' of their chip.
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    shades_aus , October 6, 2011 11:15 AM
    Apple said about copying Intel - "They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"

    So answer me this then. Why are they suing Samsung and trying to prevent them from launching products that resemble their own??
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    spiketheaardvark , October 6, 2011 1:15 PM
    Anand of AnandTech gets some serious nerd cred for recognizing a die shot.

    Next in news. Apple, after patenting the "look and feel" of a computer chip, sues everybody.
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  • 35 Hide
    billybobser , October 6, 2011 11:11 AM
    I think you'll find Apple designed Nehalem, and are currently pursuing intel in the courts for copyright infringement on the 'look and feel' of their chip.
  • 32 Hide
    shades_aus , October 6, 2011 11:15 AM
    Apple said about copying Intel - "They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"

    So answer me this then. Why are they suing Samsung and trying to prevent them from launching products that resemble their own??
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    cookoy , October 6, 2011 11:28 AM
    For Apple the sincerest form of flattery comes with $$$ attached. Lots of them.
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    DSpider , October 6, 2011 12:35 PM
    Wow... That was a blatant copy-paste. Look closely:



    Sorry if I got the perspective wrong, I'm not very good with Gimp.

    Mess with the hue a little, reduce saturation, etc., and I'm pretty sure it's the same thing. And yeah, poor, "poor" Samsung...
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    spiketheaardvark , October 6, 2011 1:15 PM
    Anand of AnandTech gets some serious nerd cred for recognizing a die shot.

    Next in news. Apple, after patenting the "look and feel" of a computer chip, sues everybody.
  • 15 Hide
    mdsiu , October 6, 2011 1:18 PM
    Well...someone at Apple is fired
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    ap3x , October 6, 2011 1:19 PM
    spiketheaardvarkAnand of AnandTech gets some serious nerd cred for recognizing a die shot.Next in news. Apple, after patenting the "look and feel" of a computer chip, sues everybody.


    Yea Anand has some serious nerd cred. The guy is nothing short of amazing with the information his site provides.
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    mavroxur , October 6, 2011 1:29 PM
    Wow, how sad, Apple. Just as sad as suing Samsung for "copying" the iPad.... after much Photoshop work, it sure does look similar... >_>
  • 20 Hide
    retrophe , October 6, 2011 2:14 PM
    SneakySnakeSamsung releases multiple products with a UI that's clearly copying the iOS look and feel...Apple uses a dieshot of a nehalem CPU to makes an illustration about a CPU in one slide of a presentation...Clearly those are very different things, grow up people, get off the hate train, and get on the common sense trainhere come my down votes



    Yeah and Apple Photoshopping pics of Samsung products to resemble Apple products for court was an "accident" too . . .

    Your train just derailed fool.
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    eklipz330 , October 6, 2011 2:19 PM
    halcyonWhy is this news?

    why're you here?
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    jaksikaks , October 6, 2011 2:47 PM
    billybobserI think you'll find Apple designed Nehalem, and are currently pursuing intel in the courts for copyright infringement on the 'look and feel' of their chip.


    Nice :-D I had a good laugh.
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    Cazalan , October 6, 2011 3:15 PM
    Apple is known for copying/stealing designs. Steve Jobs even said in 1996 "Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal".

    The iPad was a merge of technology from "1968 Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey", "Knight-Ridder" tablet newspaper from 1994, concept/prototypes from Star Trek, Microsoft tablet PC. It was hardly original.

    The hardware just finally caught up to make it an affordable reality. LCD replacing CRT made a huge impact on the price of screens. India has a ~$49 tablet.

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    halcyon , October 6, 2011 3:35 PM
    Quote:
    why're you here?


    Same reason you are.
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    bustapr , October 6, 2011 3:37 PM
    SneakySnakeSamsung releases multiple products with a UI that's clearly copying the iOS look and feel...Apple uses a dieshot of a nehalem CPU to makes an illustration about a CPU in one slide of a presentation...Clearly those are very different things, grow up people, get off the hate train, and get on the common sense trainhere come my down votes

    1. the samsung photos were photoshopped

    2. the presentation was about the design of the A5. The die shot was of an A5, which is clearly the same as the nehalem die. this wasnt an example of a cpu, it was the actual cpu, and is one of the reasons most of us here hate apple. They sue everyone for "stealing ideas", and then they do this and claim its apple designed.
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    halcyon , October 6, 2011 4:10 PM
    I thought all of these companies stole from each other. We know Apple and Samsung do it. For this example, though, did Apple say the Intel die shot was their own? They apparently wanted a photo of a CPU die, and may have even asked Intel's permission to use it (doubtful, but who knows?).

    Yes, it would have been better for them to get a photo of the A5 dieshot. They didn't, it got noticed, and now they've stolen something else...a photo of an Intel CPU. Tsk tsk, but kind of trivial. We know Apple's lawyers would be at the ready if someone else did this to them. Who knows if they'd actually be unleashed.

    Once again, Apple seems to have done something to earn further hatred from those that really need no reason to hate them. Apple is indeed sue-happy and that's annoying, but it seems to be the new industry fad. It'd be funny if Intel tried to sue them for using their photo during an A5 slideshow. ...but I suspect Intel doesn't have time to be bothered with such. Bravo for Intel.
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