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MediaTek officially launches MT6592 true octa-core chip

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MediaTek officially launches MT6592 true octa-core chip
In advance of the Lunar New Year holiday in China, MediaTek has officially introduced its true octa-core chip, the MT6592. Generally known for providing low-cost chips used in entry-level models, earlier this year MediaTek announced that it had developed the first true octa-core chip with all eight cores active at the same time. Samsung's octa-core chip uses the big LITTLE architecture where one set of four cores is active at a time. MediaTek's chip could help it move into high-end devices.

MediaTek president Hsieh Ching-chiang says that the MT6592 meets his customers' desires for a powerful processor that consumes very little power. The chip will also allow the average selling price of a smartphone in China to decline this year to CNY1500 ($246 USD) from CNY2000 ($328 USD).

MediaTek is working with TSMC to produce the chip, using the 28nm HMP process. The pair is working on using a 20nm process and by 2015, both will use a 15nm FinFET process to manufacture the chip.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 20 Nov 2013, 09:59 4

1. JakeLee (Posts: 783; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Don't be fooled by this piece of crap.

It's eight times the crappy Cortex-A7 *core* (not to be confused with Apple's A7 *chip*)

It's "little-only".to be exact.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 10:20 7

3. LoveHater (Posts: 100; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


In the Price of Fiat ,, What u want Ferrari Brother

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 11:22 2

6. taikucing (unregistered)


It's for budget phones. So, don't worry. Galaxy S5 won't use this.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 18:43

18. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


Why the hell Samsung is gonna use MTKs on the Galaxy S5??
Maybe their use in low or middle end devices and budget devices..

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 11:26 5

7. cezarepc (Posts: 549; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Not a piece of crap for me, especially from the price point they are selling these chips. I'll be on your side of the line when they charge even half of what the big names are charging (Qualcomm, Samsung, Tegra, etc).

When released, these will be the cheapest powerhouse in the mid-range.

Also, A7 is not crappy, it's designed for energy efficiency. I don't know what your basis are for saying it's crap, but in case you didn't know it's not designed to bust benchmarks.

A7 is like a very fuel efficient car, you can expect great mileage but don't think you'll ever win a race with it.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 12:43

11. JakeLee (Posts: 783; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


I think you picked the wrong guy on this :)

When dealing with a large chunk of data, it's faster and more power efficient to let multiple CA7 cores do the job instead of a single CA15 core. That's true.

But there are cases where single core performances matters. Then the CA7 core is busted : single issue only , no OoO, etc...

I agree with you on this chip being not too shabby for its price though.

It's just the way MTK is advertising with "true octa core" that I hate. They should focus more on price/performance ratio instead of pretending to be the big thing.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 13:29

12. cezarepc (Posts: 549; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Good that we agree. This is not a debate but merely sharing of opinion. :)

It's true that in single-core tasks it's way below the performance of A15s and even A9s - no questions asked. But if you follow MTKs development plans, they never really tried to conquer the high-end market. Bulk of their chips go to china-made phones (and slowly being adopted in the mid-range by big-name-guys like Sony and Samsung). They are going for the "King of the middle range title" and with MT6592 they probably are. Even with their previous quad MT6589 (and the succesors: MT8125 / 8389) they were dominating the white-box market.

With the MT6592 selling for less than half of quad-A9s I'd definitely would say that it's the Big Thing.....in the mid-range.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 13:40 2

13. nokia12 (Posts: 294; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


yes but don't forget at the price range you get maximum 1 ghz dual core krait with adreno 305 from snapdragon at best , though its a weak processor with 1.9 dmips but the clock is 70 % higher .. so if you compare it in even single thread performance due to high clock speed it will beat 1 ghz krait cpu easily.. the best part about this chip is its GPU mali 450 mp4 at 700 mhz .. which gives performance equivalent of 75 % for adreno 320 .. that means a advantage of 60-70 % performance over adreno 305 .. it easily takes down snapdragon for the price .. its high class gaming on cheap

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 14:18

14. cezarepc (Posts: 549; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


+1 man.

Exactly. Price-wise, this is the best you can ever get at the moment.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 16:59 1

17. semipro1337 (Posts: 67; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


So your saying that if Android were able to process 8 simultaneous instructions (all part of your so called big chunk of data) and each process were to attack it, even if the clock speed is slower you think a single core with a higher clock speed can beat it?

How many simultaneous instructions can any of these chips handle at once? 2 at the most? I think its still only one but its out of order so that makes it more efficient.

You need to go back to school on what multi-threaded CPU architecture is all about. Oh and you cant blame their CPU if at this given time in Androids life it cant compete, I dont believe Android can use 8 cores effectively and I am pretty damn sure that since PC games are just starting to use efficient programming with 2 - 4 cores, theres no way in hell any app on Android is going to use 8.

One last thing, you want to bitch about them using the term Octa Core when indeed their chip is one? Samsung used that term and turns out their chip only runs 4 cores at a time.... Samsung got it wrong Mediatek is accurate and they should get ALL the credit.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 21:55

19. JakeLee (Posts: 783; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Fresh out of school? Congrats.
Employed by MTK? Not bad.

Obviously you didn't understand my points quite correctly.

And it's really hard for me to understand what you are talking about.

Here are some "answers"
- The CA-15 is capable of triple issuing.
- MP can bite in the a$$ due to the cache coherency check
- Multithreading isn't the only way utilizing MP.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 10:06 1

2. Yaldabaoth (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


"little.little be a gypsy. Get around. (Get around.)"
"Get your benchmarks off the ground. little.little get around."
(With apologies to Sir Paul.)

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 10:24 3

4. Tuxedo (Posts: 120; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


At least it is a true octa-core cpu. Spec junkies will love it though.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 10:34 3

5. Shatter (Posts: 1974; Member since: 29 May 2013)


This is for china phones.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 23:30

20. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 205; Member since: 14 May 2013)


"MediaTek president Hsieh Ching-chiang says that the MT6592 meets his customers' desires.."

You're right. They made this to satisfy what consumers want. Not what they need.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 11:27 1

8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2106; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


True octa-core, while an achievement, really is pointless. Mobile gagdets will never be optimized for that many cores, so what they do is merely dividing tasks but not acting like advanced indivdual PC multi-cores. I mean look at Appsung's A7 architecture, that's the future.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 12:05

9. TylerGrunter (Posts: 869; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


And anyone that knows a bit about CPUs would agree with you. Amen!

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 16:01

15. Shatter (Posts: 1974; Member since: 29 May 2013)


I wouldn't say never but it is several years away.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 12:25

10. Darkerm (Posts: 118; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Even Most of the PC Apps only use arounf 4 core in most........ Just saying
I just don't see why we need more cores when Android apps mearly use more than 2 cores.
we just need more optimized apps

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 16:05

16. Shatter (Posts: 1974; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Its a problem with coding not hardware. There are fixes on hardware side to force programs to use all cores and they are starting to be more introduced into mainstream every year.

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