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Smartphones are no longer just glorified pocket PCs. They are becoming more powerful day-by-day. In 2011, Samsung announced its Galaxy S II with 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor; it was no less than a monster. Another mobile company named Pantech came up with world’s first 1.5-Ghz Dual Core phone. These mobile phone manufacturers mainly rely on third-party chip providers.
Mainly System -on -a- Chip (SOC) is an integrated circuit that holds microprocessors, RAM and other essential parts, into one single frame. These advanced chips are being used to power smartphones and tablet devices. ST-Ericsson has come up with 3GHz NovaThor L8580 chipset with multicode LTE radio built into it. The company plans to showcase this advanced chipset at Mobile World Congress next week. It is said that this very chipset is capable of showing PC like quickness on tiny mobile devices.
The company says that the the NovaThor L8580 is an eQuad 2.5GHz processor based on ARM Cortex-A9’s, a powerful Imagination PowerVR SGX544 GPU running at 600Mhz and an advanced multimode LTE modem supporting Carrier Aggregation on a single 28nm FD-SOI die. The chip is built with the 28mn process and it will consume 35 per cent less power than rival platforms. Some of the supported features include: Bluetooth, GNSS (GPS+ GLONASS), FM, WLAN, WiFi Direct, Miracast, and NFC.
NovaThor is a star platform for ST-Ericsson. In future, the company will push NovaThor ModAp to new platforms such as Sailfish OS (earlier known by the name of MeeGo). As of now, the company supplies NovaThor chipset to manufacturers committed to Android OS. In 2011, the first NovaThor U8500 was released. It was made with 45nm process.
ST-Ericsson faces tough competition from NVIDIA Tegra platform, Exynos by Samung, Snapdragon by Qualcomm, Atom by Intel, OMAP by Texas Instrument and Apple.
In coming years, Apple could be way ahead than current lot of competition. The Cupertino-based giant is working on a secret chip factory. The company could spend $10 billion to set up a big factory.
NVIDIA, another major player has announced a smaller version of next-gen platform. The Tegra 4i comes with 3G as well as 4G LTE wireless connectivity.