Apple’s flagship chipset, the A8X which is currently being housed in the Cupertino tech company’s flagship tablet, the iPad Air 2, is stirring lots of problems for tech giants such as Qualcomm, Samsung, NVIDIA, Intel and lesser companies in the mobile tech industry. The A8X chipset, which comprises of a tri-core processor, stands toe to toe with NVIDIA’s 64 bit capable Denver CPU in some tests, and overpowering it in several others.
The tech company to have received the most devastating blow would be Intel, whose Atom chips powering tablet PCs and netbooks have not been able to garner sufficient sales for the company to increase its reach in the mobile computing industry. Out of the 195 million tablets sold in 2013, Microsoft was only able to sell a figure slightly above 41,000 while Apple was able to rake in substantial amounts of profit thanks to the 70 million slates it sold in the same time frame.
Other companies that are feeling the sting of Apple’s success is Texas Instruments and NVIDIA, and Samsung. Samsung recently reported a 71 percent operating profit drop in 2014, while Texas Instruments’ OMAP chips, which powered devices such as the Kindle Fire, and a variety of Samsung Galaxy Tab models have failed to compete against Apple’s chips. The company has since then abandoned the Application Processor business in search for more lucrative ventures.
As for NVIDIA, it is shocking to see that the world’s leading of provider of graphic chips failed to overtake the formidable A8X SoC with its own Tegra K1 chipset. Currently found in the Nexus 9, the Denver CPU was unable to match the prowess of Apple’s chipset, despite being the fastest performing chipset present in any Android device. NVIDIA has stopped assimilating its chipsets for smartphones, although the company has not stated whether or not it plans to continue making CPUs for tablets or not.