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MediaTek reveals 10 core tri-cluster mobile processor

MediaTek on Tuesday announced its latest mobile processor, the Helio X20, which packs 10 cores of processing power. The company said it’s the first CPU that uses tri-cluster architecture to pack all 10 of those cores into a chip.

A mobile processor like the octa-core Snapdragon 810 typically employs two clusters. With the Snapdragon 810, for example, Qualcomm splits four A53 cores and the Cortex A57 cores. MediaTek’s new chip, however, has one cluster of two ARM Cotex A72 cores clocked at 2.5GHz, and two clusters of four Cortex A53 cores. One of those A53 clusters is clocked at 2GHz while the other is clocked at 1.4GHz, MediaTek explained, and the processor will automatically activate the required cluster for the needed performance.

MediaTek claims this configuration can help save 30 percent on battery life over traditional chips, while keeping the phone’s software running smoothly.

The Helio X20 supports up to 32-megapixel cameras, Quad HD displays, a Cortex M4 sensor processor and Cat. 6 LTE.

MediaTek said it will begin sampling the Helio X20 during the third quarter of this year, and that we can expect consumer products by the end of the year.

The Helios X20 will launch in December, and is designed for top-of-the-range smartphones. The Taiwanese chip vendor has been primarily selling to handset makers in China, but it is aiming to attract bigger-name clients as it competes with Qualcomm in the mobile processor market.


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