The iPad2 will be released on Friday, the 11th of March in the US and it will sport the second version of Apple’s custom chip, the A5.

Source:EE times

The A5 will be surely put through the paces but from initial benchmarking tests, there appears to be little difference in performance when compared to the original iPad.

I came across this post on the Apple A4 processor which covers the architecture of Apple’s custom chip. It’s a great article and forms an excellent insight into why Apple wishes to design it’s own custom chip. The A4 apparently is not Apple’s first stab at designing custom chips but it is perhaps the most successful deployment of the component.

Here is the link :–and-tantalizing