Broadcom Targets Ice Cream Sandwich with New Processors
Broadcom today announced three new platforms designed specifically for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones. All three processor platforms are based on ARM Cortex A9 CPUs and include VideoCore graphics, HD video capture, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS+GLONASS, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0. The BCM21654G has a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9, 7.2/5.8 Mbps HSPA modem and low-power VGA video support. The BCM28145 and BCM28155 include dual ARM Cortex A9 cores up to 1.3GHz, 21/5.8 Mbps HSPA+ modems and HD 720p and 1080p, video respectively. All three chips were developed with a 40 nanometer process and include radio frequency power management. The chips are expected to ship in products during the second half of the year.
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.
Qualcomm Intros New Snapdragon CPUs and LTE Modems
Qualcomm today announced a series of new application processors for mobile devices, including the Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415. Both the Snapdragon 600 series and 400 series receive new features previously reserved for higher-class processors.
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 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.