ST-Ericsson to demo a 3 GHz smartphone that supports 17 bands at MWC next week

February 20, 2013
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ST-Ericsson has just publish what’s easily the craziest press release I’ve ever read. The company is announcing that next week, at Mobile World Congress, they’re going to demo their latest chip running at 3 GHz. The chip in question, named the NovaThor L8580, uses four ARM Cortex A9 processors. Considering that we’re going to see ARM Cortex A15 chips coming out this year, and 64 bit compatible ARM Cortex A53/57 chips next year, we have to wonder what the point is of showing the world that you can make an “old” Cortex A9 go really fast.

But the madness doesn’t stop there. The GPU, PowerVR’s Imagination SGX544, will also be on this chip, clocked at a staggering 600 MHz. Again, that sounds impressive, but we’re soon going to see chips using PowerVR’s sixth generation core, codenamed Rogue.

Finally, there’s the modem. Ericsson knows wireless networks better than almost anyone else, and the modem in the NovaThor L8580 is frankly out of this world. It supports 150 megabit per second 4G LTE, carrier aggregation, which some people like to call “LTE-Advanced”, and just about every other wireless standard under the sun. Oh and one more thing, the modem can support *17* bands. Which ones exactly weren’t specified, but we’ll find out soon enough.

So now for the one and only question worth asking: When will this thing be in a smartphone on a store shelf near you? They don’t say. If that’s not the kiss of death, I don’t know what is. Anyone can demo one chip doing one thing really well. The hard part is signing up customers, calling up TSMC or UMC to do your chip manufacturing, and of course all the integration work that’s needed to make software actually work on this thing.

I don’t want to sound cynical, but I’m just tired of demos. Show me products, not benchmarks.

Comments

  • Somedudes

    What’s the point of this, the battery life would be dreadful, until they sort out the issues with crappy batteries I wouldn’t touch it

    • MasterMuffin

      But, BUT IT’S 3GHZ!

      • http://www.facebook.com/santeri.liukkonen.1 Santeri Liukkonen

        With a frickin’ power intake from nuclear reactor providing the juice!?! ;D

        • MasterMuffin

          Ladies can but it in their bags, men just have to be manly and carry it like a boss :D

          • Kassim

            Or we can all start carrying man-bags.

            Forget smartwatches, AR glasses or 3D printing! THIS is the new frontier – the true Next. Big. Thing.

            An iSack or DroidPouch anyone?

          • MasterMuffin

            iSack sounds…. good ;)

          • Kassim

            Sac & sack mean/are the same thing.

            But “iSac” sounds…Apple-y ;)

            At least that’s the one I’m chasing an early patent for…

          • MasterMuffin

            Oh I miss-read :)

            Would Apple sue such an awesome product?? You, patent it, quick! I’ll protect you by hacking their eyes, the mysterious unexplainable “icloud”!!

          • http://www.facebook.com/santeri.liukkonen.1 Santeri Liukkonen

            How about iBallsack ?

          • MasterMuffin

            just getting weirder… and that’s better, right? :D

          • http://www.facebook.com/santeri.liukkonen.1 Santeri Liukkonen

            I just really hate Apple :/ Man they suck bad..

          • MasterMuffin

            Yep, good to know there are more than 1 here at Finland :)

    • Vivghkl

      your loss, who cares what you think, seriously.

      • MasterMuffin

        Why so offensive?

        • Vivghkl

          Because why complain at something that whilst not new, is something that would be still worth looking over. Like you said, it’s 3GHZ!!

          • MasterMuffin

            3000000000HZ!!!!

    • Kassim

      Batteries are not crap.

      They are just being asked to do far more than they were designed to do for not an equivalent gain in performance (as many would like us to believe).

      Find another scapegoat…

    • Kassim

      Batteries are not crap.

      They are just being asked to do far more than they were designed to do for not an equivalent gain in performance (as many would like us to believe).

      Find another scapegoat…

    • LesD

      Actually, this chip is build using FD SOI, which means it uses 35% less power than similar 28nm chips, and at 1GHz, it can run on 0.6V, which puts it in cortex A7 territory. A cortex A9 at 3GHz has about the same performance as a 2GHz cortex A15. The point is, I think, this chip delivers the benefits of big.Little using half the silicon.

  • ssh

    well then give a product name using A15 and Rogue…

  • http://twitter.com/krshya Phone0

    Renesas Mobile will show its chip with IMG’s latest GPU SGX6 Rogue at MWC in an A15/A7 Octa core http://www.androidauthority.com/renesas-big-little-mwc-155496/