MediaTek and Samsung are both preparing to launch their first true eight core processors, but do we really need so many cores, and will handset manufacturers leap at this new technology?
MediaTek has unveiled a couple of new processors lately, but the new MT8135 is the company’s first attempt at a big.LITTLE chip, promising high performance and minimal power consumption.
Following Qualcomm’s and Apple’s lead, Samsung is working to replace the ARM designed Cortex processor cores in its next generation of Exynos processors.
Is this a good move by Samsung or should it stick with ARM designed cores?
ARM has released details of its new Cortex-A12 processor which is designed to be a successor to the very popular Cortex-A9. Aimed at the mid-range smartphone and tablet markets, the A12 is 40 percent faster than the A9. If you buy a mid-range Android smartphone in 2014 it could well be powered by this design.
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While the Chromebook may not have what we consider those “big” tasks, it very well could in the near future. With Packaged Apps on the horizon, Chromebooks may need a lot more processing power.
Industry sources suggest that MediaTek is working on its own cheaper big.LITTLE chip for mid-range handsets, and it’s scheduled to be released before the end of 2013.
Samsung has chosen (or has been forced) to ship the Galaxy S4 with two different processors – one model contains the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and the other Samsung’s very own Exynos Octa. What most consumers don’t know is that Samsung might be in a position to increase the performance of Exynos Octa based Galaxy S4 devices by as much as 10 percent this summer just by releasing new software.
Most smartphones and tablets are running an ARM-based SoC, so it’s not surprising that ARM has announced that 2.6 billion chips shipped in Q1 2013 using it’s technology, resulting in revenue worth $269.9 (£170.3) million.
ARM and TSMC have issued a press released stating that the new Cortex-A57 chip has reached the “tape out” stage and is now ready for mass production.