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Marvell announces a three-core mobile CPU

Thu Sep 23 2010, 12:57

COMPONENT VENDOR Marvell has unveiled a three-core processor chip designed for low power consumption in mobile devices.

While the mobile world deploys dual-core mobile processing power, Marvell is pushing out its tri-core Armada 628. The company expects the chip to be used in smartphones like RIM's Blackberry and tablets.

The SoC Armada 628 is built with three ARM processors inside and Marvell claims it is the first multi-core CPU chip designed to run mobile apps. To get lower power consumption Marvell uses the extra ARM core to balance the load between the other two processors. The company say this keeps power usage lower, helping the Armada 628 run more efficiently.

Two of the cores run at 1.5GHz while the third runs at 624MHz to perform its power management role. The Armada 628 chip also has 1MB of L2 cache and USB 3.0 support.

Marvell claims the 3GHz of processing power means the Armada 628 can handle HD playback and encoding and is enough to cope with anticipated onslaught of 3D games with six engines working on powering the graphics.

The Wall Street Journal got the first word of Marvell's Armada 628 processor from its sources. However, the WSJ didn't get detailed specifications and features of the chip, just that it will be out soon.

"The product is currently being tested by lead customers and is expected to be in devices like smartphones and tablets early next year," said the WSJ's source.

Have a quick butchers at the Marvell Armada 628 on Google though and you'll find that the full specifications are already available on the world wide web in all their glory. µ


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