MediaTek Announces MT6595, a 4G LTE Octa-core Smartphone SoC with ARM's New Cortex-A17 Processor


MediaTek Announces MT6595, a 4G LTE Octa-core Smartphone SoC with ARM's New Cortex-A17 Processor

Hot on the heels of ARM announcing its 32-bit Cortex-A17 CPU, MediaTek has introduced its MT6595, a mobile solution with a 4G LTE octa-core smartphone SoC (system on a chip) powered by ARM's new microprocessor. According to ARM, the new Cortex-A17 offers a 60% performance improvement over the Cortex-A9, and is designed to power midrange devices in 2015.

Sporting four ARM Cortex-A17 and four Cortex-A7 cores, MediaTek's MT6595 employs ARM's big.LITTLE architecture with MediaTek's CorePilot technology to deliver a HMP (Heterogeneous Multi-Processing) platform that unlocks the full power of all eight cores, and an advanced scheduler algorithm with adaptive thermal and interactive power management that provides superior multi-tasking performance and sustained performance-per-watt.

Here's a rundown of the key features of the MT6595:

Performance-per-watt

  • Four ARM Cortex-A17, each with significant performance improvement over previous-generation processors, plus four Cortex-A7 CPUs
  • ARM big.LITTLE architecture with full-system coherency performs sophisticated tasks efficiently
  • Integrated Imagination Technologies PowerVR Series6 GPU for high-performance graphics
     

Integrated 4G LTE Multi-Mode Modem

  • Rel. 9, Category 4 FDD and TDD LTE with data rates up to 150Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink
  • DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps), TD-SCDMA and EDGE for legacy 2G/3G networks
  • 30+ 3GPP RF bands support to meet operator needs worldwide
     

Multimedia Subsystems

  • World's first mobile SOC with integrated, low-power hardware support for the new H.265 Ultra HD (4K2K) video record & playback, in addition to Ultra HD video playback support for H.264 & VP9
  • Supports 24-bit 192 kHz Hi-Fi quality audio codec with high performance digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) to head phone >110dB SNR
  • 20MP camera capability and a high-definition WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display controller
  • MediaTek ClearMotion technology eliminates motion jitter and ensures smooth video playback at 60fps on mobile devices
  • MediaTek MiraVision technology for DTV-grade picture quality
     

First MediaTek Mobile Platform Supporting 802.11ac

  • Comprehensive complementary connectivity solution that supports 802.11ac
  • Multi-GNSS positioning systems including GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo and QZSS
  • Bluetooth LE and ANT+ for ultra-low power connectivity with fitness tracking devices
     

First Multimode Wireless Charging Receiver IC

  • Multi-standard inductive and resonant wireless charging functionality available
  • Supported by MediaTek's companion multimode wireless power receiver IC

MediaTek says its MT6595 platform will be commercially available by the 1Q 2014, with devices expected in the later half of the year.

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