Renesas Mobile doesn’t get a lot of love from the press, but that’s going to change later this month when they announce their ‘big-little’ octo core chip!
CPU technology continues to steam ahead, even the new Exynos 5 Octa already has a successor. AMD’s big.Little A53/A57 combination beefs up the processing power, yet manages to improve on energy efficiency.
Current Galaxy S4 rumors say that Samsung will launch the next flagship phone at some point in early-to-mid 2013 and that the device will pack a new Exynos 5450 quad-core CPU (Cortex-A15) processor. But that’s not the only mobile chip Samsung is working on.
ARM has been getting a lot of praises on their idea for the big.LITTLE technology, because it shows them not only a leader in mobile chip performance, but they are moving forward with higher and higher performance. Their chips still remain low-power overall and in the future they claim they will achieve this through big.LITTLE technology. Big.LITTLE means they are going to pair up a very low-power in-order CPU like Cortex A7, with their most powerful out-of-order CPU yet, the Cortex A15. This should work much in the same way that Nvidia’s 4+1 technology works, with their extra core companion….
ARM has completely dominated the mobile market for more than a decade, with over 90% market share, but it wasn’t until the rise of modern smartphones that we started to witness chips more powerful than anyone could have ever imagined we’d see in phones — chips that are now even starting to threaten Intel’s dominance and their status quo computing architecture. Starting with the ARMv7 architecture and the first Cortex CPU based on it, the A8, we already began to think of these devices as superphones or mini-computers once the 1 GHz barrier was broken. Then came the dual core…