MediaTek Helio X22 and X30 10-core chips coming in 2016
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MediaTek unveiled the 10-core Helio X20 back in mid-May, and now we hear about two more deca-core chips from them. While the X20 should soon become one of the first mobile processors with 10 cores to hit the market, it apparently has a successor already, namely the Helio X22. Insiders from China claim the X22 is the same X20 chip, but with a higher clock speed, while the upcoming X30 uses a slightly different layout to achieve improved performance.
These are the core configurations of the two new chips mentioned above:
- Helio X30 - 6 ARM Cortex-A72, 4 ARM Cortex-A53, Mali-T880 graphics
- Helio X22 - 2 ARM Cortex-A72, 8 ARM Cortex-A53, Mali-T800 graphics
While these two chips only use two processor core types, they are grouped in clusters depending on their speed. The Helio X20 has three clusters, with the eight Cortex-A53 cores split in two groups of four each, while the Helio X30 has four clusters (4XCortex-A72, 2XCortex-A72, 2XCortex-A53X2) and comes with support for up to 4 GB RAM and eMMC 5.1 storage.
The first Helio X20 samples should ship in late 2015, while the other chips should arrive in 2016. MediaTek still has to confirm their arrival, so we will get back to them as soon as that happens.