ARM Prepping Dual-Core Chips for Phones
According to James Bruce, wireless segment manager for ARM, "You'll definitely see handsets shipping with a dual-core A9 in 2010." The A9 chip has two cores, like many modern computers, rather than just one. Bruce did not name any handset makers or phones in particular that will use its A9 chip, but said, "It's very aggressive. It's only going to be in a year's time that you're going to get these phones." ARM's A9 chip will offer 10% to 20% better power efficiency compared to its current A8 chip, which runs a single core, because it uses 45 nanometer processes compared to the A8's 65 nanometer processes. In order to use dual-core chips, the proper support for them will need to be built into the phones' operating systems. Symbian has said that future versions of its OS will support multiple cores, but other phone makers have remained mum.
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.
Huawei Takes Aim at Snapdragon 810 with Kirin 950
Huawei today announced the Kirin 950 chipset for phones, which is designed to compete with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-series chipsets in higher-end phones. Huawei claims that the 950 is 25% faster and 44% more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm's current flagship chip.
MediaTek Packs 10 Cores in TriCluster Helio X20 Chip
MediaTek today announced the Helio X20, a mobile application processor that packages 10 cores together in three separate clusters. Many of today's high-end processors package eight cores in two clusters.
ARM Shows Off Cortex A72 Core
ARM has revealed the Cortex A72, its next-generation CPU core for high-end processors. The A72 builds on the foundation laid by the Cortex A57 core, ARM's current high-end processor.
ARM Reveals DynamIQ Processor Design with AI In Mind
ARM today announced DynamIQ, a new way to manage multi-core systems that gives them the ability to scale exactly to the tasks or needs at hand. DynamIQ expands on ARM's big.LITTLE technology, which allows for paired sets of high-power and low-power processor cores to tackle specific tasks based on the computing requirements.
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