Apple A13

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Apple A13 Bionic
Designed byApple Inc.
Common manufacturer(s)
Max. CPU clock rateto 2.65 GHz 
Min. feature size7 nm
Instruction setA64
MicroarchitectureARMv8.3-A[citation needed]
CoresHexa-core (2 high performance Lightning + 4 high efficiency Thunder)
PredecessorApple A12
GPUApple-designed 4 core

The Apple A13 Bionic is a 64-bit ARM-based system on a chip (SoC), designed by Apple Inc.[1] It appears in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.[2]


The Apple A13 Bionic features an Apple-designed 64-bit ARMv8.3-A[citation needed] six-core CPU, with two high-performance cores running at 2.65 GHz[3] called Lightning and four energy-efficient cores called Thunder. The Lightning cores feature machine learning accelerators called AMX blocks. Apple claims the AMX blocks are six times faster at matrix multiplication than the Apple A12's Vortex cores. The AMX blocks are capable of up to one trillion operations per second.[3]

Apple claims the two high performance cores are 20% faster with 30% reduction in power consumption, and the four high efficiency cores are 20% faster with a 40% reduction in power when compared to the A12. The A13 also integrates an Apple-designed four-core graphics processing unit (GPU) with 20% faster graphics performance and 40% lower power consumption than the A12's. Apple claims their A13's eight-core Neural Engine dedicated neural network hardware is 20% faster and consumes 15% lower power than the A12's.[2][3][4]

It is manufactured by TSMC on their 2nd generation 7 nm N7 Pro (not to be confused with '7nm+' or 'N7+') process[5][6] and contains 8.5 billion transistors.[7][8]

Products that include the Apple A13 Bionic[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hollister, Sean (September 10, 2019). "Apple says its new A13 Bionic chip has the fastest smartphone CPU and GPU ever". The Verge.
  2. ^ a b "Apple announces A13 Bionic chip for iPhone 11". VentureBeat. September 10, 2019. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Frumusanu, Andrei. "Apple Announces New iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, & iPhone 11 Pro Max". AnandTech. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  4. ^ Wednesday, Malcolm Owen; September 11; 2019; PT, 12:35 pm. "More power with less: Apple's A13 Bionic is faster and more power efficient". AppleInsider. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  5. ^ Sohail, Omar (April 15, 2019). "Apple A13 Chip To Reportedly Use TSMC's 'Advanced' 7nm N7 Pro Architecture".
  6. ^ N7 Pro for A13
  7. ^ Zafar, Ramish (September 10, 2019). "Apple A13 For iPhone 11 Has 8.5 Billion Transistors, Quad-Core GPU". Wccftech. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  8. ^ Introducing iPhone 11 Pro — Apple Youtube Video, retrieved September 11, 2019