Apple announces its new M1 Ultra desktop processor

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Apple hosted its first event of the year last night. At its peak performance event, Apple launched the much-awaited iPhone SE 2022 smartphone. Apart from this, the company also launched a new iPad Air with M1 chip and ultra-wide front camera and Mac Studio and Mac Studio displays. but it’s not like that. In addition to its new device lineup, Apple also introduced a new Apple silicon chipset – the M1 Ultra.

Apple said that its newly launched M1 Ultra processor is the fourth and final chipset in the company’s M1 lineup and it joins the M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets in the company’s desktop processor lineup. The M1 Ultra is also the fastest desktop processor the company has launched so far.

For details, the new M1 Ultra system-on-chip (SoC) contains 114 billion transistors, which the company says is ‘the most in a personal computer chip’. The chip can be configured with up to 128GB of high-bandwidth, low-latency unified memory that can be accessed by a 20-core CPU, 64-core GPU and 32-core Neural Engine. This configuration can enable video professionals to transcode video up to 5.6x faster in ProRes than in the 28-core Mac Pro with Afterburner.

In addition, the chipset uses the company’s UltraFusion architecture, which in turn uses a silicon interposer that links the chips to over 10,000 signals, providing 2.5TB/s of low-latency, inter-processor bandwidth. This architecture “enables the M1 Ultra to behave as a single chip and be recognized by software, so developers do not need to rewrite code to take advantage of its performance.”

Also, the M1 Ultra comes with a 32-core neural engine that can drive up to 22 trillion operations per second. “The M1 Ultra also integrates custom Apple technologies, such as a Display Engine capable of driving multiple external displays, integrated Thunderbolt 4 controllers, and best-in-class security, including Apple’s latest Secure Enclave, hardware-verified Secure Boot and Runtime Anti-exploit technologies,” the company wrote in a blog post.

The newly launched Mac Studio will be the first Apple device to get the company’s M1 Ultra chipset.

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