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Marvell: Marvell unveils the Armada 628 triple core processor

The latest from the Marvell stable boasts of being the first to support both 3D and HD video

The Armada 628 comes as a breath of fresh air, with its extraordinary crafted design aimed at decreasing clocktime and pepping up longevity. It promises the delivery of premium quality performance to the gadgets that it may power. Marvell sounds optimistic about its latest offering, declaring that the Armada 628 would enable a device powered by it to support two 1080p videos at once, and it could be the first to play back 3D, HD video! HDMI and dual displays being bundled along with the design.

The processor also boasts of a high speed integrated graphics core along with quad programmable shaders (effects units), which will be equipped to draw up to 200 million triangles per second thus getting it close to conventional gaming.

The Armada 628 is unlikely to go into full scale production before the first half of 2011, so there may be quite a wait before we actually get to sample it in real. According to reports, the chip will under normal conditions provide battery capabilities that would last for as much as 10 hours of 2D 1080p video or about 140 hours of music. Also the new USB 3.0 is claimed to enhance the speed of its peripherals.

Marvell has as yet not made clear which d-foldevices the Armada 628 is going to power, and although it is aimed at smartphones, it however does not rule out ultraportables, which may also be on the platter.

The ARM RISC processors have come a long way since viewed as only smartphone chips to now being used in much larger form-factors like the tablets. Their clock speeds have increased multi-fold, and with the continually increased popularity of tablets in the market today – we can be sure of the ARMs competing with x86s soon.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-09-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)