CES: MediaTek mobile apps processor has 12 ARM cores

MediaTek CES takes place in Las Vegas next month (7-10 January) and in the run up to the consumer electronics event MediaTek is showing its first true octa-core mobile system on a chip (SOC) which integrates an eight-core application processor.

It also integrates an ARM Mali quad-core graphics processor.

The MT6592 is the next step up from MediaTek’s quad-core mobile platforms, and is expected to be available in devices running Android ‘Jelly Bean’ by the end of 2013.

It is also expected to be used in mobile devices running Android ‘Kit-Kat’ early in 2014.

The 28nm MT6592 has eight ARM Cortex-A7 CPU cores, each capable of clock speeds up to 2GHz. The true octa-core architecture is scalable, and implements combinations of the cores to support lower power applications and well as full performance video applications.

The chip integrates an ARM Mali quad-core graphics engine supporting Ultra-HD 4Kx2K H.264 video playback and support for new video codecs such as H.265 and VP9, a 16-megapixel camera and a Full HD display.

It also supports automatic frame-rate conversion of standard 24/30fps video to high-quality 60fps video for significantly smoother playback.

There are interfaces for dual-band 801.11n Wi-Fi, Miracast screen-sharing as well as Bluetooth, GPS and an FM tuner.

MediaTek has taken a pioneering position with the MT6592 by being the first to use the power-efficient ARM Cortex-A7 processor in an octa-core configuration with the ARM Mali GPU,” said Noel Hurley, ARM Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, Processor Division.

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