ST-Ericsson has just announced that they will be showcasing a unique device in this year’s Mobile World Congress. Although the company, which is a joint venture between Ericsson and STMicroelectronics, is well known for creating wireless semiconductor solutions they will be coming up with a smartphone. This smartphone in particular will be the world’s first device to use a 3 GHz processor which makes it quite unique.
According to Didier Lamouche, President and CEO of ST-Ericsson “Our next-generation NovaThor platform is creating a disruption for the wireless industry by combining some of the most advanced technologies on the market, including STMicroelectronics’ 28nm FD-SOI process technology, to deliver a real industry breakthrough in terms of speed, power consumption and overall performance. We focused on innovation on real world use cases and delivered a ModAp that lets applications run significantly faster – up to 35% faster CPU while GPU and multimedia accelerators run 20% faster. With the NovaThor L8580, ST-Ericsson is bringing speeds normally reserved for the PC market to mobile devices.”
The device will be using a NovaThor L8580 processor which is composed of four ARM Cortex A9 processors. While this may look impressive now, consider the fact that we will soon be seeing ARM Cortex A15 processors coming out this year while the ARM Cortex A53/57 64 bit compatible chips will be released next year. These upcoming chips will be packing more power which makes the NovaThor L8580 look outdated.
On the GPU side the device will make use of PowerVR’s Imagination SGX544 which is clocked at 600 MHz.
Possibly the most impressive feature of this device is its modem which will reportedly support 17 bands. It will even support LTE-Advanced which has a download speed of 150 megabits per second.
The purpose of creating this smartphone is to showcase to the public the features of the NovaThor L8580 processor. As to when we will be seeing these processors being used in actual smartphones is anyone’s guess.
Here are some of the processor’s main features
- Full HD 1080p camcorder, multiple codecs supported (H264 HP, VC-1, MPEG-4)
- 3D HD video capture and display
- High-resolution, touchscreen display support up to WUXGA
- Simultaneous dual display support up to dual qHD
- High-performance 3D graphics
- Dual camera support up to 20Mpixel and 5Mpixel
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GNSS (GPS+GLONASS), FM and NFC enabled platform
- Built-in USB 2.0, HDMI out
- Optional support for mobile TV standards