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NVIDIA, with the Tegra 3, was the first company to ship a quad core chip that ended up in a smartphone; the HTC One X to be specific. Just a few weeks later, Samsung shipped the quad core Exynos powered Galaxy S III. Both of those phones make use of four ARM Cortex A9 cores. MediaTek is a Taiwanese company that also makes chips, and you’re going to soon be hearing a lot about the MT6589.

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System on a chip infrastructures are all the rage with smartphone and tablet platforms. Employing them results in lower power consumption without sacrificing performance. MediaTek, one of the smaller players in the SoC area, is set to launch new quad-core SoC products by the first quarter of 2013. DigiTimes reports that MediaTek plans to launch the MT6588 chip, which features a quad-core Cortex A7 processor running at 1.5 GHz or 1.7 GHz. The chip will support WCDMA and TD-SCDMA (used by China Mobile) network technologies. The chip will also feature support for up to 1280×800 pixel displays, 1080p video playback…

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MediaTek is the leader in the low-end of the chip market, bringing 550 million chipsets to the market last year alone (mostly in non-Android feature phones). MediaTek now aims to take over the low-end Android market, with powerful, yet inexpensive dual-core 1Ghz Cortex A9 chips (MT6577), for smartphones that cost under $200 (contract-free) and run Android 4.0 or later. The GPU in MediaTek’s new SoC will also be a pretty powerful one. They say it’s a PowerVR Series 5 GPU, so it’s probably the SGX540 (first shown in the Galaxy S). This graphics chip should be able to power 720p displays…

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AMD has been moving for quite a while in the direction of “Fusion” chips or heterogeneous computing, and of course ARM has been even father ahead in this than both AMD and Intel with their “System on a Chip” designs. So then it makes some sense for AMD and ARM to join against their common rival, Intel, and establish a standards body that can help developers write the same code for both AMD and ARM chips. But the HSA foundation is meant to do much more than just shorten the gap between AMD’s and ARM’s architectures. It wants to increase…