Qualcomm, Nvidia, Samsung, and many others, are all vying for that precious system on a chip spot on your phone’s circuit board, but which is the best?
ST-Ericsson’s new NovaThor L8580 quad-core processor will use half the power of its quad-core competitors.
ST-Ericsson, who you might have heard of thanks to the NovaThor platform in several of Sony’s midrange smartphones, was founded in February 2009 as a join venture between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson. According to Bloomberg, STMicroelectronics wants out. The plan is to sell their half of the company by the third quarter of next year.
With Samsung being rather coy about the processor that the Galaxy S3 Mini uses, chip maker ST-Ericsson has confirmed that the Mini is powered by its NovaThor ModAp CPU, which integrates “the modem and application processor on a single die.”
Ericsson, the largest infrastructure vendor in the world, owns a chunk of a company you might have heard of called “ST-Ericsson”. The ST stands for STMicroelectronics. The two companies formed formed a 50/50 joint venture in February 2009 with the goal of taking on Qualcomm. Apparently they’re failing to achieve their targets, so much so that Reuters is reporting that Ericsson is “looking at all possible solutions” regarding the future of the joint venture.
When buying smartphones and tablets, we often talk about their processing power, and make a big fuss of their speed, and whether they can offer single-, dual-, or multiple-core capabilities. And while we do focus on the processor most of the time, you’ll have to know that things aren’t as simple as that. Instead of just simple processors, we have Systems on a Chip (SoC) inside these devices that offer more complex functionality. What is a System on a Chip? Since smartphones and tablets are basically smaller computers, they require pretty much the same components we see in desktops and…