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[* black] Samsung isn't completely absent in the A6, though. The Apple A6—labeled APL0598[http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/FGxiFyUkAWwrwvLt.huge|APL0598] on the package marks and APL0589 on the inside—is fabricated by Samsung on their 32 nm CMOS process and measures 9.70 mm x 9.97 mm.
[* black] Samsung isn't completely absent in the A6, though. The Apple A6—labeled APL0598[http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/FGxiFyUkAWwrwvLt.huge|APL0598] on the package marks and APL0589 on the inside—is fabricated by Samsung on their 32 nm CMOS process and measures 9.70 mm x 9.97 mm.
[* black] Even though the A6 was manufactured by Samsung, that doesn't mean it was designed by Samsung. The Apple A6 processor is Apple's first custom-designed processor. It's based on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm_architecture|ARMv7s instruction set].
[* black] Because Apple had complete control over the design of the processor, they were able to customize and tweak the performance to their liking.
[* black] With a die area of 96.71 mm^^2^^, the die is considerably larger than the previous generation variant of the Apple A5 (~70 sq mm), which was fabricated by Samsung using their 32-nm HKMG process; so assuming the A6 is also 32-nm, there is considerably more functionality in the new part.