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.
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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