It seems that Nvidia isn’t the only one announcing a new chipset today. Marvell has now officially unveiled the PXA1088, a quad-core mobile chipset for lower-end tablets and smartphones.
The new ARM Cortex-A7 SoC not only has 4 cores running at 1.2GHz, but also has global 3G support with auto-roaming, and is compatible with 21Mbps HSPA+, TD-HSPA+, EDGE and WCDMA. Other integrated connectivity standards include WiFi, FM, and Bluetooth.
The chipset’s features don’t end there, either. The PXA1088 has a 1080p encoder and decoder, and a Vivante GPU that supports OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.1 and OpenVG 1.1.
According to Marvell, the chip should start rolling out with various devices globally within the first half of this year. Additionally, Marvell’s co-founder Weili Dai says that many of the quad-core phones packing the chipset will be offered in the $100 range, outright.
Does that mean that we will see phones with this budget chipset in Europe and North America, or is the PXA1088 more likely to only be sold in developing countries in Asia, Africa and elsewhere? While Marvell chipsets are certainly popular in China, the PXA1088 is being billed a global chipset.
More than likely will see more examples of the handsets packing the new chip at MWC. While the Marvell PXA1088 doesn’t begin to compare to more advanced chipsets from companies like Qualcomm and Nvidia, it’s still nice to see that affordable quad-core chipsets are starting to become more commonplace.