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iPad 2 Adds Dual Core CPU and Increases Resolution

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It is no surprise that the iPad 2 is expected out soon and folks have speculated that it also would include a better resolution – claiming it would include Apple’s “Retina” display.

Recently, Apple started adjusting its iBooks 1.1 application with designs for bookmark icons to allow it to support the larger resolution. Hence, the speculation is in fact based on real changes coming to the iPad.

And according to the Apple Insider, a source familiar with Apple’s graphics strategy says the company will not only be upgrading its video core, but also going to multiple cores, a feature that is designed into the SGX543 design. The most likely configuration of Apple’s next custom chip is reportedly the SGX543MP2, which pairs two SGX543 cores to work as one, offering around four times the capability of the previous A4 in graphics and video tasks.

The SGX543 core is designed to parallel as many as 16 cores together, in a way that is transparent to higher level software, meaning that apps don’t have to be rewritten specifically to benefit from the new speed boost. Imagination supplies intelligent core management that automatically determines the number of cores available and accelerates the graphic tasks by distributing them across the available cores.

Sony is rumored to be using the same multiple core SGX543 architecture in its forthcoming PlayStation Portable 2, potentially using four or eight cores, and likely driving the clock chip faster.

Photos Courtesy of Apple.