Apple’s New A6X iPad Chip Adopts PowerVR SGX 554MP4 Graphics

AnandTech reports on an examination of the A6X chip found in the fourth-generation iPad. The work, performed by Kishonti Informatics, reveals that Apple has adopted Imagination Technologies’ quad-core PowerVR SGX 554MP4 graphics in the new chip.The A6X retains the 128-bit wide memory interface of the A5X (and it keeps the memory controller interface adjacent to … Read more

iPad Mini Confirmed to Run 32-Nanometer A5 Chip from Samsung

While iFixit was busy tearing down the iPad mini earlier today, Chipworks was taking a closer look at the chips included in the device. The item of most interest is of course the A5 system-on-a-chip, and Chipworks has unsurprisingly confirmed that the iPad mini uses a chip manufactured by Samsung on a 32-nanometer process. The … Read more

Bob Mansfield’s Return to Apple Reportedly Influenced by Scott Forstall’s Departure

AllThingsD offers a look at the back-and-forth situation with Apple executive Bob Mansfield, who announced his retirement as hardware chief in late June only to rescind the move two months later in order to work on special projects under CEO Tim Cook. With this week’s management changes, Mansfield is now heading up a new “Technologies” … Read more

Why do I get Blackouts from Alcohol?

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have done some experiments with a group of people to see the effect of alcohol on the brain. It turned out that some people are born to get blackouts, while others do not get them. The researchers divided 24 students into two groups, who regularly drank 3 nights a … Read more