ARM Intros Cortex A12 Chips for Mid-Range Devices
ARM today announced a new integrated processor that is meant to help it capitalize on the large market for mid-range devices. The chipset was designed to maximize power output and battery lie, while also minimizing size. The chipset includes the Cortex-A12 processor and Mali-T622 GPU, and brings along a new video IP chip called the Mali-V500. The Cortex A12 uses 28nm processes, supports big.LITTLE processing technology, and offers up to 40% more power than a comparable A9 chip. The Mali-T622 GPU conforms to the OpenGL ES 3.0 standard and delivers 50% better power management when compared to the first-generation Mali chip. Last, the Mali-V500 video chip brings dedicated processing for encode/decode, allowing a single-core processor to handle 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second, and multi-core processors to handle 4K ultra-HD video at up to 120 frames per second. Packaged together, ARM believes the new system-on-a-chip will offer mid-range devices premium performance. The Cortex A12 integrated processor will be available in devices by the middle of 2014.
MediaTek Brings the Smarts with Helio P60 SoC
MediaTek announced the Helio P60 system-on-a-chip, a processor that adopts artificial intelligence and other advanced features for mid-range devices. The P60 relies on a big.LITTLE architecture with four ARM A73 processors at 2 GH and four ARM A53 processors at 2 GHz.
Samsung's Exynos 9 Chip Uses 10nm Process, Boasts Gigabit Modem
Samsung today announced the Exynos 9 Series 8895 application processor for premium mobile devices. The chip relies on Samsung's 10nm FinFET process with 3D transistors.
Xiaomi Announces the Surge S1, Its First Mobile Processor
Xiaomi today showed off the Surge S1, a mobile processor that it developed in-house. Only a handful of companies make their own processors, including Apple, Huawei, and Samsung.
ARM Intros Cortex and Mali Chips for Virtual Reality
ARM today announced the Cortex A73 processor core and the Mali G71 GPU, which will bring dramatic gaming and virtual reality improvements to next year's high-end smartphones. ARM says the A73 delivers 30% more sustained power when compared to the A72, in addition to 30% more power efficiency.
Samsung's Exynos 9610 Packs Imaging Smarts and 4K Slow-Mo
Samsung today announced the Exynos 7 Series 9610 mobile application processor, a chip built using Samsung's 10nm FinFET process that targets high-end smartphones. The octa-core processor has four Cortex A-73 cores at 2.3 GHz and four Cortex A-53 cores at 1.6 GHz.