On June 6, at WWDC 2022 keynote event, Apple unveiled the brand new Apple Silicon “M2 Chip,” which powers the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 2022 models.
Today, Apple began the second generation of Apple Silicon designed specifically for the Mac. Unlike others in the industry who significantly increase power to gain performance, Apple’s approach is different.
Apple is continue to have a relentless focus on power-efficient performance. Straightforwardly, maximizing the performance while minimizing the power consumption. Combined with Apple’s unified memory architecture and custom technologies, which focuses on power efficiency allows the M2 chip to bring even more performance and new capabilities.
Technical Achievements of M2 Chip
M2 chip is built using an enhanced second-generation 5-nanometer technology and features over 20 billion transistors, which is 25% more than its predecessor. Apple uses these transistors to enhance every feature of the chip.
Memory Controller now delivers 100GB/s of unified memory bandwidth, which is 50% more than M1 for even greater performance, and the company also enabled up to 24GB of unified memory to handle even larger and more complex workloads.
Considerable CPU Enhancements
It features the next-generation CPU (Central Processing Unit) with the advancement in both performance and efficiency cores. The performance cores are faster and feature a large cache and the efficiency cores have been significantly enhanced for even greater performance gains while consuming very little power through CPU-intensive tasks.
The M2 chip delivers 18% greater performance than M1 when looking at the multi-core CPU performance, provides nearly 2x faster performance than the latest 10-core PC laptop chip, and it delivers the peak performance of the PC chip while using a quarter of the power.
When compared to a 12-core PC laptop chip, which needs dramatically more power to provide an increase in performance, M2 delivers nearly 90% of the peak performance of the 12-core chip while using just a quarter of the power.
Twice GPU Performance
The M2 also has a 10-core GPU (doubles M1) that is capable of delivering a big boost of 25% in the graphics performance at the same power level as the M1 and up to 35% higher performance at its peak.
Lastly, It also features Apple’s next-generation of Secure Enclave and Neural Engine that can process up to 15.8 trillion transistors operations per second, which is over 40% more than its predecessor so the processor can now able to play back multiple 4K and 8K video streams.
You can know more about the new Apple Silicon chip on the company’s official website.