Friday, January 11, 2013

New Mobile Processors to Power Up the New Year

International CES 2013 is almost done. Today is the last day for consumers to show off their latest technologies. We have seen Mobile Computing taking  huge steps ahead within the last few days. Innovation with competition went throughout the show and when it comes to Mobile Computing, the first components to show off their colors are Processors. Bunch of mobile processors launched at CES 2013 by System on Chip (SoC) developers with ground breaking features.

Previous Rumors suggested that NVIDIA will launch the Tegra 4 SoC at CES this year. It was right, NVIDIA kicked off the Show with the launch of Tegra 4.

NVIDIA Tegra 4 

Giving the name "world's fastest mobile processor" NVIDIA showcased the successor to Tegra 3 processor. The new Soc is based on 28nm with same 4+1 architecture and features four Cortex-A15 cores with a companion core to manage power. Nvidia Tegra 4 is 2.6x faster than the Tegra 3 and ten times faster than Tegra 2 dual. The New kepler based architecture gives 72 individual GPU cores which is awesome and   promised to give 6x performance than Tegra 3 ULP Geforce GPU.

Tegra 4 offers 4k content playback and their new "computational photography architecture" provides the ability to reduce the time of imaging and HDR capabilities. The new SoC consumes 45% less power when compared to Tegra 3 which means you'll get a good Battery backup.
The small SoC on the right side is NVIDIA's new Icera i500 chipset where the new 4G LTE modem is placed. NVIDIA planing to launch handsets with Tegra 4 on board in Q2 2013. For more details visit NVIDIA website from here Introducing Tegra 4 Super Chip

Snapdargon 600 and 800 by Qualcomm

It's Qualcomm's turn to launch their brand new processor. Many people including me, thought the next snapdragon line up will be named as "snapdragon 5" or something like that. But Qualcomm renamed their snapdragon lineup with numbers. Snapdragon 600 was a upgrade to S4 pro and set to feature in midrange devices. It features two new Krait 300 cores with improved clock speed up to 1.9 GHz along with the Adreno 320 GPU

Snapdragon 800 uses the latest Krait 400 cores and set to feature in high-end devices. The four Krait cores can clocked up to 2.3GHz and has a New Adreno 330 GPU which is 2x faster than Adreno 320 and also capable of 4K content encoding. Fore more details visit the Qualcomm' blog from here Snapdragon 600 and 800 by Qualcomm

Exynos 5 Octa by Samsung

Samsung Launched their new Exynos lineup two days ago with stunning processing power. First time in a SoC, Samsung using eight cores to deliver groundbreaking performance while decreasing power consumption. We are talking about a big.LITTLE architecture here, if you want to know more details about it, check out my previous post What is big.LITLE Processing?

Four Cortex-A15 cores will take care of Complex workloads while the other four Cortex-A7 cores will handle the always on workloads. This new architecture helps to gain 70% battery backup with high performance. The GPU for the Exynos 5 octa chip wasn't announced at CES but they demonstrated the graphic performance with EA's new mobile game Need For Speed : Most Wanted. The game was smooth and no frame drops, surely the smoothest NFS gameplay i have ever seen on a mobile device. Samsung claims that, GPU is 2x faster than the GPU in Exynos 4 Quad. Anyhow reviewers are expecting a Mali T6XX GPU (Most probably Mali T 658 or T678) GPU to go along with the new SoC.

NovaTHOR L8580 by ST-Ericsson

ST-Ericsson has launched their new chipset yesterday, giving the model number L 8580, a Quad Core chip with some interesting features. ST-Ericsson planing to put the new chip in midrange and low midrange devices. L8580 comes with a eQuad processor which is extremely power saving. ST-Ericsson says that this chip can run at 0.6V.

Four Cortex-A9 cores can clocked up to 2.5 Ghz and PowerVR SGX 544 GPU will deliver a good graphic performance. L8580 also can support screen resolutions up to 1080p and cameras up to 20 Mega Pixels. Built in LTE radio will give a smile to midrange users. Overall NovaTHOR has done a great job for the midrange users while other SoC developers only target the high-end sector. For more details visit ST-Ericsson product page from here : NovaTHOR L8580

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