The Apple A14 Bionic is a 64-bit ARM-based system on a chip (SoC), designed by Apple Inc. It was announced on September 15, 2020 and released the following October 23rd for the fourth generation iPad Air and the iPhone 12 series. Apple states that the CPU performs up to 40% faster than the A12, while the GPU is up to 30% faster than the A12. It also includes a 16-core neural engine and new machine learning matrix accelerators that performs twice and ten times as fast, respectively.
The A14 integrates an Apple-designed four-core graphics processing unit (GPU) with 30% faster graphics performance than the A12. The A14 includes dedicated neural network hardware that Apple calls a new 16-core Neural Engine. The Neural Engine can perform 11 trillion operations per second. In addition to the separate Neural Engine, the A14 includes second-generation machine learning matrix accelerators in the CPU.
The A14 is manufactured to Apple's design specifications by TSMC through their first generation 5 nm process, making it the first commercially available product to be fabricated at 5 nm. The transistor count was increased to 11.8 billion. Apple had been anticipated to introduce new Macs based on the A14, but instead introduced the faster Apple M1 in November 2020.
Products that include the Apple A14 Bionic
- Apple unveils all-new iPad Air with A14 Bionic, Apple’s most advanced chip. Apple (2020-09-15). Retrieved on 2020-09-15.
- Apple Event — October 13 by Apple, YouTube. Accessed 2020-10-07.
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- Sohail, Omar (2020-09-15). Apple A14 Bionic Gets Highlighted With 11.8 Billion Transistors, 40% Higher Performance, New 6-Core CPU, and More (en-US).
- Apple A14 Processor To Exceed 3.1GHz by Yasir Zeb, Research Snipers. 2020-03-15.
- Apple Event — November 10 by Apple, YouTube. 2020-11-10.