MediaTek's octa-core cellular chip focuses on effectivity
Again in June, MediaTek introduced its Helio P10 cellular chipset to supply octa-core processing and quicker LTE to the plenty; and at present, we all know that it will lastly be moving into shoppers’ palms by means of the Sony Xperia XA. So what’s subsequent? The Helio P20, in fact. In comparison with its predecessor, this new chip — additionally that includes eight Cortex-A53 cores and LTE Cat 6 — is a notable improve when it comes to energy effectivity, because it’ll be fabricated with a 16nm FinFET+ course of as an alternative of the previous 28nm. For a similar cause, the CPU has been allowed to transcend the previous 2GHz restrict to 2.3GHz, and the previous Mali-T860 GPU has been switched to ARM’s cream-of-the-crop Mali-T880 operating at 900MHz. As a bonus, the P20 options the identical Imagiq picture sign processor because the flagship 10-core X20.
What’s additionally spectacular is the truth that the P20 is the world’s first SoC recognized to help the upcoming LPDDR4X reminiscence, which runs on a a lot decrease voltage of zero.6V as an alternative of 1.1V. That is virtually a 50 % drop! Nevertheless, judging by Samsung’s forecast again in September, we in all probability will not be seeing LPDDR4X in units till subsequent yr; which is simply as nicely because the P20 will not be delivery to producers till the second half of this yr.