MediaTek launches world’s first true octa-core cellular chip, first units due finish of yr
Qualcomm’s nightmare has lastly come true. Earlier at the moment, MediaTek formally launched the world’s first true octa-core cellular processor, MT6592, and the primary units to function it are anticipated to reach as quickly as finish of yr. This 28nm chip packs eight low-energy Cortex-A7 cores, and courtesy of the Heterogeneous Multi-Processing use mannequin on prime of ARM’s massive.LITTLE structure (although it is truly “LITTLE.LITTLE” on this case), all eight cores can function concurrently — at as much as between 1.7GHz and 2GHz, relying on the bin.
MediaTek pointed that Chrome can already make use of all eight cores, and likewise with some map apps, video gamers plus multi-window perform. In response to the corporate’s figures, the MT6592 manages to beat what seems to be the quad-core Snapdragon 800 in benchmarks, energy consumption (as little as forty %) and temperature. You possibly can see the complete element on this article’s gallery.
There are many goodies on the multimedia finish. For starters, the MT6592 has a picture sign processor that helps sixteen-megapixel digital camera modules. Then there’s an ARM Mali-450 MP graphics processor clocked at 700MHz, which guarantees to ship clean full HD UI drawing at 60fps, in addition to respectable gaming efficiency — as we noticed on an alpha demo of MT6592-optimized Trendy Fight 5 (video after the break), which is due March 2014 in line with a Gameloft rep. The chip additionally does video body fee upscaling to 60fps to scale back movement blur, together with 4K H.264 video decoding plus full HD H.265/VP9 playback — the latter of which may save as much as forty % of file space for storing.
What’s left for MediaTek to do is to deal with the 4G area, which continues to be Qualcomm’s stronghold in the mean time. In response to Common Supervisor Xie Qingjiang, his firm will launch its personal 4G modem additionally by finish of yr, and gadget producers will have the ability to begin utilizing it alongside MediaTek’s quad-core or octa-core chips within the first half of 2014. Judging by how MediaTek went from being the 3G underdog in 2011 to a notable participant immediately (with anticipated cargo of over 200 million chipsets this yr), Xie feels assured about catching up with 4G. Finally, it’s going to additionally rely upon the pricing of the units utilizing MediaTek’s newest chip, and whereas Xie refused to make guesses, he referred to the affordability of present quad-core MT6589 handsets, so something is feasible.
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