MediaTek claims its P-series is the first to use TSMC’s 28nm HPC+ process, which reduces processor power consumption.
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MediaTek has announced a new Helio P10 processor focussed on phones with slim factor, premium and flagship features. The Helio P10 features a 2 GHz, True Octa-core 64-bit Cortex-A53 CPU and a 700MHz, Dual-core 64-bit Mali-T860 GPU. The Helio P10 will be available Q3 2015 and is expected to be in consumer products in late 2015.
With the P10, MediaTek aims to integrate into a high-value chipset, premium features such as high-performance modem technology; the world’s first TrueBright ISP engine for ultra-sensitive RWWB; and, MiraVision 2.0, for improved display experiences. “The features available in the P series include several of MediaTek such as WorldMode LTE Cat-6, supporting 2x20 carrier aggregation with 300/50Mbps data speed; MediaTek’s task scheduling algorithm, CorePilot, which optimizes the P10’s heterogeneous computing architecture by sending workloads to the most suitable computing device – CPU, GPU, or both; and, MediaTek’s Visual Processing Application – Non-contact Heart Rate Monitoring, which uses only a smartphone’s video camera to take a heart rate reading and is as accurate as pulse oximeters/portable ECG monitoring devices,” explains MediaTek.
MediaTek's Helio P10 comes with TSMC’s 28nm HPC+ process, which supposedly allows for reduced processor power consumption. “With the help of the latest 28HPC+ process and numerous architecture and circuit design optimizations, the Helio P10 can save up to 30% more power (depending of usage scenarios), compared to existing smartphone SoCs manufactured using the 28 HPC process.”
“The P series will provide OEM smartphone makers with greater design flexibility to meet consumer demands for slim form-factors, which provide dynamic multimedia experiences,” said Jeffrey Ju, Senior Vice President of MediaTek. “The P10 enables state-of-the-art mobile computing and multimedia features all while balancing performance and battery life.” “We are pleased to see MediaTek’s achievement in producing the world’s leading 28HPC+ smartphone chip,” added Dr. BJ Woo, Vice President, Business Development, TSMC. “As an enhanced version of TSMC’s 28HPC process, 28HPC+ promises 15% better speed at fixed power or 50% leakage reduction at the same speed over 28HPC. Through our competitive 28HPC+ technology and process-design collaboration with MediaTek, we believe MediaTek will deliver a series of products which benefit smartphone users across the world.”
MediaTek recently its new flagship Helio X20 SoC for high end smartphones and tablets. The SoC has the company’s first 10 core System-on-a-Chip design. The 10 cores are arranged in a tri-cluster orientation which offers a new feature against the numerous dual-cluster big.LITTLE mixed CPU designs.
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