You may not know it, but Apple recently revamped their most popular hobby. The Apple TV, long described as an experiment and proving ground for new additions to the iOS ecosystem, received an internal overhaul. Included in that overhaul is a unique SoC, which, according to AnandTech, is a single-core Apple A5 chip.
The term “single-core” is rarely used in today’s market, with quad-core processors being the norm of high-end devices. However, in a settop box, a single-core processor does offer at least one major advantage: lower power consumption. The processor continues to use Samsung’s 32 nanometer fabrication process. As for potential performance issues, fear not: (more…)