1.2GHz Dual-Core ARM CPU Now Certified For Blazing Through Android

Just a year or two ago, processor speed was the least of one's worry when shopping for a new smartphone. So long as it could make calls, send/receive texts and check your e-mail every so often, it was plenty powerful. Now, phones are capable of so much more thanks to advanced operating systems like Android and iPhone OS (not to mention webOS, Bada and Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 Series), and CPU cores are just as important due to their ability to make the entire process speedy (or not speedy).

Up until now, Qualcomm's Snapdragon was the only real powerhouse on the market. Apple's A4 chip shows a lot of promise in the iPad, but it still hasn't found its way into the mobile sector just yet. ST-Ericsson and ARM have today made a move that should excite anyone who wishes their smartphone were faster. The two have announced that the dual-core ARM Coretex A9 MPCore processor (1.2GHz) is now tailored to work on the ST-Ericsson U8500 platform, which is Android compatible. The real sweetness is the Symmetric Multi Processing (SMP) that's involved, which improves the multitasking capability and peak performance of Android handsets, while maintaining the lowest power consumption profile.

“Using mobile phones solely to make phone calls and send short messages is becoming a thing of the past,” said Ronan de Renesse, senior analyst, head of Mobile Media, Screen Digest. “Revenues from mobile data services and applications are set to double in the next four years to reach Euro 100bn. For the market to reach its full potential, new mobile devices must become more versatile. With Web browsing being the most popular application on smartphones, it is also therefore critical for manufacturers to offer the best browsing experience.”

If you're still curious about SMP, here's a great description of how it improves things: "Symmetric Multi Processing enables multicore processors such as the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor, to operate at lower voltages and frequencies, allowing consumers to do much more on a single battery charge. Instead of a single processor running at full capacity to complete a task, multiple cores can work concurrently and at a reduced rate: this causes the entire chip to operate at a lower temperature, which contributes to a reduction in power leakage. This allows an SMP system to deliver the same level of performance that might be expected from a larger and faster single-core processor, while consuming considerably less power. The ability to distribute parallel loads to different cores ensures that users will enjoy a much richer mobile experience through higher reactivity and faster execution of concurrent Web widgets, multimedia and communication functions, without compromising battery life."

Looks like your next Android smartphone just might be able to whip everything else if it's got a 1.2GHz CPU under the hood, but it still remains to be seen if any phone makers will pick this setup during their future hardware selection sessions.
Via:  Business Wire
rapid1 4 years ago

Just think about it and compare it to a computer 3 years ago, and then think dual core 1.2Ghz. This is awesome in your hand,pocket, or holster.

gibbersome 4 years ago

Oh man, this is awesome. Can't wait to see this pitted against Apple's A4 (once it makes its way into the iPhone).

The SMP especially looks really interesting, and I'm curious how this will handle graphics. Who could have imagined we'd see a dual-core 1.2 Ghz chip in a smart phone a couple of years ago?

rapid1 4 years ago

Not to mention everything is of the 28nm or smaller construction memory and GPU included with a 64 GB nand postage stamp size hard drive.

rapid1 4 years ago

Well the thing is gibber the one the show in the layout illustration is quad core. As for Apple and the A4 I am thinking that will be in the iPhone. Either way a quad core capable (as well as capable of anything else you would expect) 1.2 ghz processor in a phone, not to mention some of the other things we've seen this week like the TI all signal chip as well as other mobile internal hardware this market is going to blow up. Think about it yeah I need a quad core 3D capable smart phone to go with my octa core desktop and six core laptop. BOOOOOMMMMMMMM

mhenriday 4 years ago

Presumably, when Google releases its Chrome OS, all we'll need is a so-called «phone» of this type with physical support for a connexion to a hub leading to peripherals like a full-sized keyboard and monitor. It won't be bigger than a (rather thick) postage stamp with a single USB 3.0 port....


realneil 4 years ago

When does the Quad-Core come out?

acarzt 4 years ago

Sweet! I can't wait for this!

lol Quad Core Neil? Pffft you're thinking too small... when does the 32 core one come out? :-D

Soupstyle 4 years ago


I just want to know why the screen is so small when the boards are so big?

Inspector 4 years ago

hum.... it can't support anything larger? xD JK

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