Apple's new proprietary processor for the iPad 2, the A5, could ratchet up the microprocessor competition partially kicked off by its A4 chip.
That's the estimation of one analyst firm, IHS iSuppli, which is suggesting that the new chip will certainly help the iPad 2 match the competitive threat offered by Motorola's 10.1-inch Xoom tablet, which comes equipped with a dual-core processor.
"In the new design paradigm of smartphones and tablets, computing efficiency trumps raw computing power," Wayne Lam, a senior analyst at IHS iSuppli, wrote in a March 2 research note. "Designs like the iPad demand highly integrated microprocessors that emphasize graphics performance, lower power consumption and small space usage."
Apple claims the A5 will offer radically faster performance than the A4, present in not only the iPad, but also the iPhone 4, Apple TV and iPod Touch.