ST-ERICSSON AND ARM have been telling the Mobile World Congress that their cunning plan to optimise Android to take advantage of Symmetric Multi Processing (SMP) on the ST-Ericsson U8500 platform is nearly ready.
The ST-Ericsson U8500 uses a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor to improve the multitasking capability and peak performance of Android handsets, while being lighter on power demand.
When released, support for SMP within Android will enable the next level of performance and capabilities for Android handsets. This will include combining access to rich web content and multimedia, the latest location-based services and social networking with a compelling user interface.
ARM MPCore technology is an alternative to multicore architectures which are now widely used in personal computers and servers to maximize the performance and power-efficiency of systems by enabling power management techniques that significantly reduce dynamic and static power consumption.
Among the first chipsets to integrate the ARM multicore Cortex-A9 MPCore application processor and Mali-400 graphic processor, ST-Ericsson's U8500 platform can provide peak application performance while also being able to support 120 hours of audio playback or 12 hours of full HD video playback on one battery charge. µ
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