8-core processors are gaining popularity in the mobile market

| March 1, 2014

SoC developers for mobile computers NVIDIA, Broadcom and Marvell Technology, probably soon begin to build an 8-core processors for smartphones. Qualcomm has already announced its intention to release samples of 64-bit 8-core chips Snapdragon 615 in the third quarter of 2014.

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Brisk sales of 8-core chips MediaTek and Samsung working on updating their decisions pushed Qualcomm SoC and other manufacturers to accelerate their development of similar models. In addition, the issue of Chinese companies inexpensive 8-core smartphone was the decisive factor for expanding the use of these solutions beyond the high-performance segment of the devices to the mass consumer market. This, in turn, created additional pressure on suppliers who do not have in its range 8-core processors.

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At MWC 2014, Samsung announced the release of a special version of its flagship Galaxy S5 based on the new 8-core Exynos 5 Octa 5422, presented at the exhibition. Also, there were reports that the 8-core processors will underpin Google Nexus 6, Huawei Ascend D3 , flagships from HTC , Xiaomi and Blackberry .

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It is also reported that the Chinese company ZTE is preparing its own eight-core processor. In the same direction works and Korean LG, developing high-performance chip Odin for their functional televisions. And Taiwan’s MediaTek announced a single-chip system MT6595 , unifying core Cortex-A17 and Cortex-A7.

8-core processors are now presented solutions based on ARM-architectures from simple Cortex-A5 to advanced Cortex-A17, with some chips can activate all the available number of cores, while others use the configuration big.LITTLE, cycling while only half of the computational units . In the desktop segment is stagnating and no urgent need to increase processor performance.

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