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Mediatek unveils an ARM octa-core 4G mobile chip

Claims its MT6595 SoC is the first of its kind
Wed Feb 12 2014, 11:23

TAIWANESE CHIPMAKER Mediatek has unveiled what it claims is the "world's first" 4G LTE octa-core smartphone system on chip (SoC) powered by ARM's latest Cortex A17 cores.

Named the MT6595, the SoC features four ARM Cortex A17 cores and four Cortex A7 cores. It also has an Imagination Technologies PowerVR Series6 GPU for "high-performance graphics".

Mediatek Logo chip

"[The] MT6595 employs ARM's Big.little architecture with MediaTek's Corepilot technology to deliver a Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) platform that unlocks the full power of all eight cores," Mediatek said in its release.

"An advanced scheduler algorithm with adaptive thermal and interactive power management delivers superior multi-tasking performance and sustained performance-per-watt for a premium mobile experience."

Corepilot refers to Mediatek's technology that aims to deliver higher performance per Watt to save power, thus increasing battery life on mobile devices while not sacrificing performance.

Integrating a 4G LTE modem, the Mediatek part also supports an Ultra HD H.265 codec, promising to be the first SoC with integrated low-power hardware support for H.265 Ultra HD video recording and playback. The chip also has a high definition 2560x1600 display controller that supports H.264 and VP9 Ultra HD video playback with support for up to 20MP camera capability.

Mediatek said that the MT6595 will be available commercially in the first half of this year, with devices expected to hit the market in the second half of 2014.

Mediatek revealed its first ARM Big.little chip with the PowerVR Series 6 GPU last year.

The MT8135 system on chip (SoC) uses Imagination Technologies' PowerVR G6200 GPU, which supports OpenCL GPU computing and uses ARM's Big.little configuration with four cores, two of which are based on ARM Cortex A15 architecture and two that are Cortex A7 designs. µ


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