Right on schedule, MediaTek today unveiled its MT6592 System On a Chip (SoC), billing as “the world’s first true octa-core mobile platform.” The Chinese company’s first octa-core processor is built around eight ARM Cortex-A7 cores with each core capable of being clocked up to 2GHz. Fully scalable, the MT6592 can run both low-power and more demanding tasks by using any combination of cores and a to MediaTek scheduling algorithm to deliver optimum performance while minimizing power consumption.
Octa-core SoCs already on the market have used a big.LITTLE architecture that relies on four more powerful and four less powerful cores. The nature of the task dictates which set of cores will be used. MediaTek’s solution, while using the older and less powerful Cortex-A7 core, will instead use any number up to all eight cores to accomplish the task.
The MediaTek MT6592 also uses a quad-core GPU to support Ultra-HD 4Kx2K H.264 video playback, new video codecs such as H.265 and VP9, 16-megapixel cameras and Full HD (1080×1920) displays. It also comes with a multi-mode cellular modem and support for dual-band 801.11 n Wi-Fi, Miracast screen-sharing, Bluetooth, GPS and an FM tuner.
“We are thrilled to offer the new MT6592 to our customers as part of our ongoing commitment to providing inclusive mobile technology,” said Jeffrey Ju, MediaTek General Manager, Smartphone Business Unit. ”The MT6592 delivers longer battery life, low-latency response times and the best possible mobile multimedia experience. Being the first to market with this advanced eight-core SOC is testament to the industry-leading position of MediaTek.”
Devices running the MediaTek MT6592 SoC and Android Jelly Bean are expected later this year with Android KitKat devices to follow in 2014. Earlier rumours suggested that some 20 manufacturers were looking to use the MT6592 in future devices. Among them are ZTE, Huawei, Lenovo and Sony Mobile, the latter possibly set to unveil the 6-inch Xperia Tianchi phablet in the coming days.
Source : MediaTek