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Mediatek unveils first octa-core mobile SoC

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Wed Nov 20 2013, 17:03
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CHIP DESIGNER Mediatek has unveiled the first octa-core system on chip (SoC) for mobile devices.

The MT6592 is an ARM based processor capable of running all eight cores at up to 2Ghz and offers a scheduling algorithm to ensure that all eight cores are being managed effectively to control power draw and temperature.

The chip uses its Heterogeneous Computing (HC) architecture to act as foreman, distributing tasks to the best processor for the job, covering CPU, GPU, DSP, and multiple connectivity, multimedia, camera and display engines, including navigation, and sensor cores.

The chip is equipped with Mediatek Clearmotion for automatic upscaling of standard 24/30 frames per second video to high-quality 60fps video. Also onboard is support for 802.11n WiFi, Miracast, Bluetooth, GPS and FM tuner functions. It is also capable of running Ultra HD H.264 and new video standards including H.265 and VP9.

Mediatek Smartphone Business Unit general manager Jeffrey Ju enthused, "The MT6592 delivers longer battery life, low-latency response times and the best possible mobile multimedia experience. Being the first to market with this advanced eight-core SOC is testament to the industry-leading position of Mediatek."

The prospect of octa-core mobile devices could have huge ramifications for the buying public. Although most everyday web surfers will probably not notice the difference, gamers and multimedia users are likely to find that the next generation of gadgets that have octa-core processors offer an experience on a par with their desktop cousins.

The MT6592 is expected to appear in Android 4.4 Kitkat devices in early 2014, though as yet no manufacturers have announced that they will be using it in their products. µ


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