Why Apple’s M1 SoC is so Fast


Great write-up on why Apple’s M1 is so fast and Intel / AMD will have a difficult (albeit not impossible) time catching up

“Here we get a big problem with the Intel and AMD business model. Their business models are based on selling general purpose CPUs, which people just slot onto a large PC motherboard. Thus computer makers can simply buy motherboards, memory, CPUs and graphics cards from different vendors and integrate them into one solution.”

“But we are quickly moving away from that world. In the new SoC world you don’t assemble physical components from different vendors. Instead you assemble IP (intellectual property) from different vendors. You buy the design for graphics cards, CPUs, modems, IO controllers and other things from different vendors and use that to design a SoC in-house. Then you get a foundry to manufacture this.”

(The entire article is worth the read)

Why is Apple’s M1 Chip So Fast?. Real world experience with the new M1… | by Erik Engheim | Nov, 2020 | Medium

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