by Anton Shilov
11/27/2012 | 11:52 PM
MediaTek, a leading designer of mobile system-on-chips (SoCs), is reportedly working on an ultra high-end product with up to eight cores. The details are scarce at the moment, but it is likely that the company will attempt to compete against premium SoCs, such as Nvidia Tegra, Qualcomm Snapdragon or Samsung Exynos.
MediaTek is currently on the final stages of design of high-end MT6599 system-on-chip, which will be made using 28nm process technology and will be competitive against leading-edge offerings from Nvidia, Qualcomm and Samsung. According to China Times web-site, the chip will have eight cores, though it is currently unclear whether the chip will feature four ARM Cortex-A15 high-performance cores and four ARM Cortex-A7 low-power cores; or will have four ARM Cortex-A15 general-purpose cores as well as four ARM Mali or PowerVR graphics processing cores; or will feature two Cortex A-15, two Cortex-A7 as well as four ARM Mali or PowerVR graphics processing cores.
The attempt to compete against cutting-edge mobile system-on-chips from traditional suppliers will likely disrupt the market of high-end SoCs. With Texas Instruments’ decision to exit the market of chips for mobile applications only Nvidia and Qualcomm remained the suppliers of the most advanced mobile chips (as Samsung is not eager to sell its Exynos to third parties). Provided that MediaTek creates a competitive leading-edge mobile SoC, there will be more competition on the market and the pricing should get lower. As a result, superphones and high-end tablets should become more affordable.
The first product to utilize MediaTek MT6599 is ZTE Apache superphone, which will also support WCDMA, TD-SCDMA as well as 4G/LTE technologies.
MediaTek and ZTE did not comment on the news-story.