MediaTek Unveils Range of Processors
MediaTek today announced several different processors that target a handful of industries. The MT2523 packages together an MCU, GPS, Bluetooth LE, and PMU into a single piece of silicon for wearables. An ARM Cortex M4 forms the low-power processor. MediaTek says the MT2523 is 41% smaller than competing modules and can power small, but high-resolution screens with a full range of color. The MT2523 is intended for devices running operating systems less robust than Google's Android Wear. The chip will become available during the first half of the year. MediaTek also announced the MT8581 processor for 4K Blu-ray players and the MT7697 for Internet of Things and home automation applications. MediaTek competes with Qualcomm and Samsung.
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.
Sprint to Sell MediaTek-Equipped Variant of LG X Power
Sprint and Boost Mobile today revealed plans to sell the LG X power smartphone. The X power, announced by LG earlier this year, features a 4,100mAh battery that delivers up to two days of battery life.
ARM's Cortex A76 Core Relies On 7nm Process for Speed and Efficiency Gains
ARM today announced a new series of processors cores for mobile devices that it says will increase performance without impacting battery life. The new Cortex A76 processor core is built using a 7nm process that ARM says delivers a 35% boost in speed and a 40% improvement in efficiency when compared to its previous 10nm core.
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.