Earlier this month we published an article that said quad core smartphones using MediaTek’s newest chip are going to flood the market in Q1 2013. When we wrote that article, that quad core chip wasn’t announced. Today that changes.
Qualcomm made the biggest jump in terms of revenue out of all the semiconductor firms that are listed in the industry Top 20, gaining 27.2% in only one year while many other firms are struggling.
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.
Smartphones packing four ARM Cortex A9 processors have been out on the market for a little over half a year. We thought that the next step in performance would come from devices that feature two ARM Cortex A15 processors. The Nexus 10 has just such a chip inside. According to a report on the China Times, ZTE has other plans.
“System on a chip” designs are important when it comes to tablets and smartphones. They have low power consumption and take up less room on a device. They also aren’t substantially slower than alternative solutions.
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...
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.
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...