MediaTek Unveils World’s First 10 Cores Processor for Smartphones and Tabletsby Abhishek P May 15, 2015
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In what is seen as a landmark invention in the computing technology worldwide, Mediatek has announced the launch of Helio X20, the world’s first SoC with a 3 cluster CPU architecture that houses 10 cores. Yes, you read that right. MediaTek’s latest release is a mighty deca-core SoC. The chipset manufacturing giant continues to set the gold standard as far as computing performance and efficiency is concerned.
The chip will have a never-seen-before tri-clustered design – one quad-core Cortex-A53 cluster clocked at 1.4GHz one quad-core set of Cortex-A53s at 2GHz, and one pair of Cortex-A72s clocked at 2.5GHz.
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The modern day smartphone users who are demanding more and more out of their devices, this may not come as a surprising innovation to some. Smartphones are being asked to perform a wider range of tasks faster and in a more powerful and efficient manner. The Helio X20 may very well be the answer to those ever increasing needs. Division into 3 core clusters provides a far more efficient allocation of jobs for the best performance and a longer battery life. Mediatek claims that this tri-clutered configuration will provide up to 30% reduction in power consumption as compared to similar 2-cluster designs.
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To hold the three clusters together, instead of going with ARM’s CCI-500 which can accommodate up to 4 clusters, MediaTek has chosen to develop its own MediaTek Coherent System Interconnect (MCSI). This marks another first for the company even though the Helio X20 is set to hog all the limelight away from the MCSI. The MCSI together with their upgraded in-house scheduling algorithm CorePilot 3.0 will make sure that the correct cluster is triggered at the right time and for the right job. When used for gaming and other performance-heavy applications, the cluster with the A72s will be called into action while for light applications and internet browsing the quad-cores will be kicked in. In the absence of the CorePilot, the entire system would fail in terms of either power consumption or computing performance.
The Helio X20 is sure to set the computing world on fire (Pun intended) with its release. Only bad news is that we may have to wait till the end of this year or early next year to experience it raw power on our smartphones.