TriCore Processors for Smartphones, Tablets

The most interesting part of today’s smartphones (more evidently android) had been becuase of the processor.

Recently, Snapdragon announced 1.5Ghz DualCore Processor for Smartphones, targeted for the year-end. Looks like the future continues to creep toward us, Marvell announced the first tri-core low-power CPU for mobile phones and tablets.The Processor is capable of encoding and decoding FullHD 1080p video.

Marvell has designed it using ARM v7 MP compatible system-on-a-chip (SoC) which promises better battery life. To save battery, it employs 3 cores –  two 1.5GHz cores for processing power, and a third core optimized for ultra-low power consumption that deals with routine tasks, but can wakeup Dualcores in split seconds, when needed.

The integrated Graphics engine is also powerful enough for most 3D  gaming. The GPU engine can render 200 million triangles per second, and supports all the popular standards — DirectX, Open GL ES 2.0, and Open VG 1.1.

The SoC is powerful that it can drive upto 4 simultaneous displays at up to 2k resolution.

As the company claims:

The new ARMADA 628 tri-core processor incorporates a number of advanced processing and power management features. The tri-core design integrates two high performance symmetric multiprocessing cores and a third core optimized for ultra low-power. The third core is designed to support routine user tasks and acts as a system management processor to monitor and dynamically scale power and performance. The tri-core architecture provides superior performance and lower power over dual-core designs while maintaining industry compatibility and leadership — ensuring a richer, faster and smoother experience than any other ARM-based processor available today.

Up to 1.5 GHz for the two main cores and 624 MHz for the third low power core
“Heterogeneous multiprocessing” with “hardware-based Cache Coherence”
1 MB System Level 2 Cache
Platform leading multimedia capabilities, including support for both WMMX2 and NEON acceleration; and a highly optimized pipelined VFPv3 floating point engine
Member of the ARMADA family of processors for easy software porting
1080p dual stream 3D video applications (30 FPS, multi-format)
Ultimate 3D graphics performance with quad unified shaders for 200 million triangles per second (MT/s)
High performance, integrated image signal processor (ISP)
Ability to project images on multiple simultaneous displays
2 LCDs
1 HDMI
1 advanced EPD controller
Peripherals support: USB 3.0 Superspeed Client, MIPI CSI, MIPI DSI, HDMI with integrated PHY, UniPro, Slimbus, SPMI

So you might be thinking, alright, what’s the deal – Which all Smartphones, Tablets will get it?

Since it uses the industry standard ARM architecture, it would support most of the portable devices int eh market — Android, Blackberry OS, Linux, Windows Mobile (Windows Phone 7) and may be the NextGen iPhone, iPad too.

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