Apple's iPhone 4 and iPad A4 ARM Chipset has the same core as Samsung's S5PC110

UBM TechInsights has just issued a press release and a couple of documents showing that Apple’s A4 chipset found in the iPhone 4 and the iPad shares the exact same ARM core as the Samsung S5PC110A01 found in the Samsung Wave and Samsung Galaxy S Handsets. There’s nothing surprising here given that this core was build by Intrinsity for Samsung (who also manufactures the Apple SoCs). Intrisity was then bought by Apple a few weeks ago. Steve Jobs can claim that Apple build the A4 but the fact is that Intrisity did it before being bought by Apple. At the end of the day this doesn’t really matter much (and the both chipset use different GPUs anyway). Full press release after the break:

UBM TechInsights Verifies That the Samsung Wave S8500 Features the Same ARM Core as the Apple iPad

OTTAWA, Ontario, June 8 /PRNewswire/ — UBM TechInsights today announced an important discovery in the application processors of two popular consumer electronics devices. UBM TechInsights analysis has revealed that the just-released Samsung Wave S8500 features the same 1 GHz ARM CORTEX A8 core as that found in the very popular Apple iPad.

“By investigating the Samsung S5PC110A01 application processor and comparing it to the A4 application processor found in the Apple iPad using our specialized lab techniques, we were able to confirm that not only is Samsung the manufacturer of both application processors, but both application processors feature the same 1 GHz ARM CORTEX A8 core manufactured using a 45-nanometer low-power fabrication process,” said Young Choi, Senior Manager of the Technical Intelligence Group. “With this find, we begin to see how Samsung is successfully asserting itself as the leader in the wireless and mobile applications processor market.”
With the recent surge in sales of the iPad, speculation that the next generation Apple iPhone will also feature the same A4 processor as that of the iPad, and the belief that the soon-to-be released Android OS-enabled Samsung Galaxy S Smartphone will also use the S5PC110A01, sales of Samsung manufactured processors is expected to reach very high-levels. With these key sockets in place Samsung will easily maintain its position as the market leader in application processors that it originally attained in 2009.

UBM TechInsights used the best and latest technical expertise and analysis tools, in combination with years of experience in all aspects of the IP / Technology Lifecycle, to make our determination of the similar ARM cores in the Samsung S5PC110A01 and the Apple A4. Information about UBM TechInsights research on the Apple A4 processor can be found at For more information about available research on the Samsung S5PC110A01, please
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