The fastest phone processor in the world, though still power-efficient
Chip maker ST-Ericsson announced today plans to bring to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week a new processor aimed at smartphones, clocked in at 3GHz.The new 3GHz eQuad application processor will be showcased on the NovaThor L8580 integrated smartphone platform that also sports a multimode LTE Advanced modem, the company announced.
According to ST-Ericsson, this is the fastest chip aimed at the mobile market, and it should prove the company’s leadership in the development of wireless chips.
The company notes that it will launch the new NovaThor L8580 platform with an eQuad 2.5GHz processor inside, based on ARM Cortex-A9’s, Imagination PowerVR SGX544 GPU at 600MHz, and advanced multimode LTE modem with Carrier Aggregation.
The NovaThor L8580 platform also arrives on the market with support for 3GPP Release 10, as well as for LTE category 4, and should provide users with downlink speeds of up to 150Mbps.
Additionally, the company notes that the chip will provide support for LTE-FDD, LTE-TDD, HSPA+, GSM and TD-SCDMA, along with VoLTE and HD voice.
The platform should prove a cost-effective solution for the deployment of global LTE smartphones, considering that it comes with support for up to 17 bands in the same device and a single radio for Carrier Aggregation.
“Our next-generation NovaThor platform is creating a disruption for the wireless industry by combining some of the most advanced technologies on the market, including STMicroelectronics’ 28nm FD-SOI process technology, to deliver a real industry breakthrough in terms of speed, power consumption and overall performance,” said Didier Lamouche, president and CEO of ST-Ericsson.
“We focused on innovation on real world use cases and delivered a ModAp that lets applications run significantly faster – up to 35% faster CPU while GPU and multimedia accelerators run 20% faster. With the NovaThor L8580, ST-Ericsson is bringing speeds normally reserved for the PC market to mobile devices.”
On top of that, ST-Ericsson claims that the new NovaThor L8580 needs 35 percent less power than rival solutions at high frequencies. At 1GHz, the chip consumes 50 percent less power, the company notes. More info on the chip can be found on ST-Ericsson's website.