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MediaTek releases 10-core Helio X20 SoC

MediaTek Helio X20
MediaTek Helio X20
The Taiwanese chipmaker hopes the new chip will allow it to take on Qualcomm in the top-tier devices segment.

MediaTek’s new chip, dubbed Helio X20, contains 10 computing cores divided into three groups. First one consists of two 2.5 GHz ARM-Cortex A72 cores for maximum performance. Second one is made of four medium-performance 2 GHz ARM-Cortex A53 cores. The third group, containing four of the same A53 cores but clocked at 1.4 GHz, will be used for least power-hungry tasks. The cores will be engaged according to the current system workload by MediaTek’s own Coherent System Interconnect (MCSI) rather than ARM’s CCI-500 interconnect.

MediaTek representatives claim the new SoC design will allow to increase power efficiency by as much as 30 percent when compared to standard use of ARM’s „big.LITTLE” architecture without any performance degradation.

MediaTek Helio X20 also features a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU, a Cortex-M4 core used for audio decoding, speech enhancement and voice recognition. The chip's controllers support 2K displays, camera sensors up to 32 MP and Cat. 6 LTE with 300 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload speeds.

The Helio X20 should begin to show up in consumer devices by the end of this year.



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Arkadiusz Piasek, 2015-05-12 (Update: 2015-05-12)