Apple M1 Chip: Genesis of a new Mac Ecosystem

The arm based processor named Apple M1 will officially begin the transition of Macs away from Intel processors.

Apple revealed three new line of MacBook computers with M1 chipsets- the most powerful chipset created ever for PCs and laptops. The M1 chipset, Apple’s first Silicon SoC took almost a decade to perfect and was announced officially at the virtual WWDC 2020 earlier. So much time and effort has brought this perfect combination of agility and performance. Apple claimed the new Mac mini is up to 60 per cent more energy efficient, thanks to the M1 chip. The M1 chipset has brought upon a new genesis for Apple’s mac ecosystem making them faster and more efficient.

Apple M1: A Giant Leap for Mac Ecosystem

According to Apple, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro will be 2.8x as fast, with stunning graphics that’ll be 5x faster than the previous generation. Unlike the MacBook Air, it’ll feature an inactive cooling fan system. There is even a Touch Bar with two thunderbolt 4 ports.
With the Apple M1 finally becoming a reality, the upcoming MacBook devices will be better than ever. In fact, Apple claims a number of superlatives including the fastest integrated GPU, fastest CPU core, and massive gains in energy efficiency when talking about its M1 chipset.
Featuring the most advanced GPU from Apple to date, the M1 chipset benefits from almost a decade of analysis on Mac applications including challenging pro workloads and daily apps. It features up to eight cores capable of running up to 25,000 threads simultaneously. The GPU can handle even the most extremely demanding tasks easily, from smooth playback of 4K video streams to playing graphics-heavy games. With 2.6 TFLOPS of throughput, the latest Apple chipset is easily the fastest integrated graphics in the world.

M1 Chipset – A Detailed Introspection

M1 is the first personal computer chipset built using the cutting-edge 5nm process technology and comes with 16 billion transistors, the most put by Apple into a chip. The 16 billion transistors used in M1 are significantly higher than the 11.8 billion transistors used in the A14 Bionic chipset of Apple’s latest iPhone 12.
Apple increased the CPU core arrangement from six-core to an eight-core arrangement to boost the performance. Moreover, the M1 chipset also has four high-performance cores to support heavy-duty work and four high-efficiency cores for supporting low-priority tasks.
As mentioned above, the CPU consists of four big cores and four little cores. The big cores have 12MB of L2 cache while the little cores have 4MB of L2 case. When working together, they’ll be twice as fast as any leading PC/Laptop chipset limited to 10W TDP. In case there is sufficient cooling, they could potentially go faster.
Apple’s CPU is more efficient than the Intel counterpart, using only 1/4th of the power at the same level of performance. With that said, the performance per Watt is tripled. In terms of GPU specs, it is an octa-core design, totaling 128 execution units. Apple claims this to be the fastest integrated GPU until now, rated at 2.6 TFLOPS, which beats Nvidia 1050 Ti (2.1 TFLOPS).

Apple M1 Chip: Genesis of a new Mac Ecosystem
M1 comes with a 16-core Neural Engine that runs machine learning algorithms at as many as 11 TOPS. Moreover, there are advanced media encode/decode engines present on board along with image signal processors. With Apple’s secure enclave being embedded into the chipset, there will be no need for a separate T2 chip.
Unlike most other non-Intel platforms, the new chipset will come with support for Thunderbolt, so that Apple users can continue enjoying faster external storage.


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