The last decade has seen massive improvements in mobile compute performance, along with dramatic improvements in power efficiency. At Apple, custom SoC designs drive multiple product breakthroughs. The CPU inside the Apple A9 chip in iPhone 6s runs up to 70% faster and the GPU up to 90% faster than they did in the A8, delivering both desktop-class and console-class performance that you can hold in your hand. This has all been done without decreasing battery life. In this talk some of the unique technical challenges faced by mobile SoC designers will be discussed, along with some of the complex decisions that are considered when engineering silicon at Apple.
Light refreshments will be provided following the talk. Students seeking permanent or intern positions at Apple are encouraged to bring a resume.