ST-Ericsson Unveils NovaThor L8580 Quad-Core SoC

Alongside three other new mobile processor announcements at CES 2013, ST-Ericsson announced its own solution for the mobile platform. The L8580 is the company's latest NovaThor chipset, which comes with a low-power eQuad processor. Unlike other new high-end mobile processors, the L8580 is not based on the ARM Cortex-A15 architecture. Instead, it uses four Cortex-A9 cores which can be clocked up to 2.50 GHz, while using only 0.6 V of power. This makes it an ultra-low power chip, which should allow mobile devices good battery life.

The eQuad CPU comes with a powerful graphics engine, the PowerVR SGS544 GPU. The chipset can deal with 1080p video. It even supports display resolutions of up to 1920 x 1200 pixels, 20-megapixel camera with 5-megapixel secondary. The NovaThor L8580 provides support for AGPS, Bluetooth and NFC, with integrated LTE HSPA+, TD-SCDMA and EDGE radios. We can see that the chipset ARMs race is in full gear.