News tagged: Cortex-A15
Bluebird BM180 is a new customizable Smartphone which lets users pick between Windows Phone 8 and Android. Wait a minute, I'm not talking about dual-booting here. Rather, you can choose to buy the WP8 version, or the Android version, whichever suits your taste buds.
Allwinner is one of the smaller names in the semiconductor industry. Nevertheless, the fabless company's designed chips make their way to many tablets coming out of China (actually, most remain in the country and get consumed by the people living there itself).
MediaTek plans to extend its domination over the cost-effective quad-core SoC market with, a quad-core of a different kind, the MT8135, a dual-core ARM big.LITTLE implementation that combines two high-performance ARM Cortex-A15 cores with two low-power Cortex-A7 ones.
Samsung rolled out the Exynos 5 Octa family refresh that has been in the reports for the past month, or so. The new chips come with an updated ARM Mali-T628 GPU, without any other changes. ARM big.LITTLE is implemented exactly how it was, in the first wave.
ARM and TSMC announced today that the Cortex-A57 has been taped out using 16nm FinFET manufacturing process and is ready for mass production. According to ARM, the Cortex-A57 outperforms Cortex-A15 by up to three times without affecting battery life.
To compete with Samsung's flagship smartphone, Huawei apparently already have a handset to compete with it. According to rumours, Huawei is working on a direct Galaxy S IV competitor, which should have a 4.9-inch 1080p display and a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor.
An electronics company LSI has come out with new products. The company's first high-end ARM multicore chip is intended for mobile base stations of all sizes. The Axxia 5500 family of processors is using up to 16 Cortex-A15 cores, ARM's most powerful processor to date.
Renesas rolled out a 4+4 core ARM big.LITTLE SoC of its own, which it correctly markets as "quad-core," unlike its Korean counterpart. The new MP6530, designed for high-end handsets and tablets, integrates a 4G LTE soft-modem, saving designers precious PCB real-estate.
A Linux patch change-log (Android is a Linux-derivative) may have revealed that Samsung's next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S IV, will be driven by its Exynos 5440 quad-core processor, based on the ARM Cortex-A15 micro-architecture. Samsung could flash it at CES '13.