Just a couple of years ago a dual-core processor inside a smartphone was considered impossible, but thanks to MediaTek, we now have a deca-core processor with 10 processing cores, the Helio X20. MediaTek on May 12 announced world’s first ever smartphone SoC with 10 processing cores, the Helio X20, which promises more power and at the same time more efficiency for future devices.
The latest trend in chip design is to build clusters with group of processors, which work in tandem to handle both high processing as well as energy efficient tasks of a smartphone. All the latest SoC’s come with 2 cluster design, however, the Helio X20, will bear a 3 cluster design.Helio X20’s 10 cores will be spread over three clusters, instead of two found in other processors. Each of the three clusters will cater to specific processing needs and this makes it powerful yet efficient at the same time.
As per Engadget report, the Helio X20 consists of two 2.5 GHz Cortex-A72 core processors for power tasks, four 2GHz Cortex A-53 core processors and four 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 core processors.
Many of you might be wondering about the need of a 10 core SoC, when your octa-core or quad-core processor is more than what is needed. It is needed because when the processing tasks are spread over more low power cores, it leads to less power usage at the same time delivering the power whenever it is needed by switching over to high powered processor cores.
Mohit Bhushan, U.S. head of marketing for MediaTek, has following to say about the new chiset, “they run more power efficiently without losing any performance,” like a car with many gears will be able to run at a speed appropriate to how quickly it is being driven.
MediaTek is quite confident on the energy efficiency of its latest 10 core chipset and even claims a 30% reduction in overall power consumption. This will probably lead to longer battery life or slimmer devices.
The new SoC would help in seamless running of applications and a smoother gaming and video recording experience. Switching between application would also become a lot smoother along with web pages loading quicker.
The chip will be able to power two main cameras, 2K displays, and will be able to remain on for voice input and music playback without having to keep the main cores powered on.
The MediaTek Helio X20 would be available for deployment by December 2015, and will probably find its way to devices by first quarter of next year. MediaTek has also launched a website for Helio X20.