MediaTek MT6592 delivers eight-cores by month’s end

cortexa7mpTaiwanese ARM chip maker MediaTek looks likely it will have the edge on its Chinese competitors shortly when it releases its first eight-core SoC CPU.

The MediaTek MT6592 chip will feature eight Cortex A7 cores with a clock speed of up to 2GHz. Reports are the chip will be manufactured at a 28-nanometre production scale.

According to liliputing and Chinese website Gizchina.com, early benchmarks of pre-production versions of the chip are said to show performance in excess of Samsung’s eight-core Exynos 5410.

The word is MediaTek will produce early samples for product development by third-party manufacturers at the end of July, with full production of the MediaTek MT6592 to begin in November.

ARM’s Cortex A7 is the lower-power half of its double-CPU ‘big.LITTLE’ solution in combination with the more powerful Cortex A15. According to ARM, the Cortex A7 core is five times more power efficient, has 50% more performance and is 20% the size of a Cortex A8.

What’s interesting about this is ARM’s information suggests that you can get up to four cores working in symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) in a single processor cluster, but you then need to combine processor clusters to gain more cores using ARM’s AMBA 4 interconnect technology. So MediaTek’s MT6592 could well be one of the more complex chips so far seen designed for consumer mobile applications. If nothing else, it’s the first eight-core Cortex A7 CPU to arrive onto the market.

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