ST-Ericsson (STE) is the latest chip maker to announce a new processor at CES 2013. Known as the NovaThor L8580, it is tipped as the world's first mobile platform to use its advanced FD-SOI technology process which enhances performance and has ultra-low power consumption.
Unlike Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 600, Samsung's Exynos 5 and NVIDIA Tegra 4 chips, the L8580 is based on the ARM Cortex A9 architecture. In case you don't know, Samsung and NVIDIA's new processors utilize the latest ARM Cortex A15 architecture, while the ARM Cortex A9 architecture has been used in NVIDIA Tegra 3 and Samsung Exynos 4 Quad.
Each of the four A9 cores in the L8580 can be clocked up to 2.5GHz when needed, or runs at 0.6V as a very low-power core. As a result of its eQuad CPU architecture, the L8580 boasts 50% less power consumption when compared to other competing platforms.
The L8580 comes with a built-in PowerVR SGX554 GPU from Imagination Technologies, a company that has provided GPUs for many of Apple's mobile devices such as the fourth generation iPad. It also has an integrated radio modem that supports LTE FDD / TDD, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, EDGE on 10 different bands.
STE mobile processors have been used in several mobile phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S III mini, Sony Xperia Sola and Sony Xperia U. You can expect to see some midrange devices powered by the NovaThor L8580 processors later this year.