This year, consumers will be seeing a lot of mobile devices that will be using 64-bit chips instead of 32-bit ones. One advantage of the former over the latter is that it can fetch twice as many bits with a tick of the processor clock making it perform computing tasks faster. It can also support RAM greater than 4GB which we will soon be seeing in high end smartphones.
Chip maker Marvell is no stranger to the mobile market as the company has been providing its chips to Lenovo, Hisense, and Coolpad as well as several entry level LTE devices. Just recently the company unveiled its 64-bit processor called the Armada PXA1928 which is based on the ARM Cortex-A53 architecture and is expected to hit the market this year.
Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell, said that “I am very proud of Marvell’s contribution to the fast growing 4G LTE industry and the successful launch of world’s first 1,000RMB LTE smartphones since last December. The 64-bit ARMADA Mobile PXA 1928 is the latest addition to our industry leading single-chip multi-core mobile processor family. 4G LTE is such a critical technology for the ‘Smart Life and Smart Lifestyle’ vision. I believe that through continued innovation, invention and dedication our talented global engineering teams have yet again raised the technology bar in advancing the mobile industry. Our mission and passion at Marvell are to make the world a better place for all.”
This latest chip of the company will be competing with other 64-bit chips coming from MediaTek, Allwinner, and Qualcomm.
The PXA1928 incorporates a quad-core Cortex A53 processor running at 1.5GHz as well as Vivante GC5000 graphics that’s able to support 1080p displays and video recording. It also supports Linux and Android operating system which means that we might be seeing this chip used in set top boxes aside from mobile devices.
Some of the features of the Marvell Armada PXA1928 include
- Production ready 5-Mode Cellular Modem Solution for LTE Cat 4, UMTS Release 7, TD-HSPA+ Release 8, and class 12 GSM/EDGE, and supports multi-radio, CSFB, and VoLTE voice solutions for LTE networks
- 3G/4G protocol stacks certified on major carrier networks and validated via extensive IOT, GCF and field trial testing
- Quad-core ARM Cortex A53MP Application Processor Subsystem
- Support for 1080p display, and 1080p video encoding and decoding
- Support eMMC NAND Flash memory interface
- Complete wireless capabilities with WLAN/Bluetooth/NFC solutions
- Support advanced mobile security features, including secure boot, root key protection, Widevine Level 1 support, and FIPS 104-2 level3 and 140-3 level 2 compliant