Huawei brings home-grown K3V2 quad-core A9-based processor

Huawei brings home-grown K3V2 quad-core A9-based processor
Huawei shocked us not only with the impressive Ascend D quad, but also with the silicon powering it - the K3V2 quad-core processor inside it was made by Huawei itself and based on ARM’s Cortex A9 architecture.

The processor also boasts to have the lowest chip temperature and be the most power efficient processor on the market. Huawei’s K3V2 can run at a clock speed of 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz. 

The K3 chip comes with a 16-core GPU, which beats the 12-core graphics on Tegra 3 and 8-core GPU on Tegra 2. Huawei spiced things up with a couple of slides showing how its K3V2 smokes the chips inside the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (TI OMAP 4460) and the Asus Transformer Prime (Tegra 3). 

"You can see the speed of the Huawei D series... It's more than 49% faster than the world's fastest smartphone," Huawei chairman Richard Yu lavished praise on the new processor.

This is the first step and a big one for Huawei's own processors, but this doesn't mean the Chinese company won't continue partnerships with companies like Qualcomm and Texas Instruments.

source: Huawei


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22 Comments

1. JDCohen722

Posts: 39; Member since: May 18, 2011

I can honestly say I don't believe that that Huawei's K3V2 Processor is necessarily faster than Tegra 3, firstly it is Huawei's very first processor ever made, which means they obviously have a lot of bugs to iron out,their is no way their very first processor can possibly be the "Worlds Most Powerful". Secondly they could've easily modified the device to increase benchmark results without actually increasing performance, just how Nvidia did when they said that Tegra 3 scored higher benchmark results than the Intel Core 2 Duo 7200, they even had screenshots to prove it and it was later discovered to be modified results. Thirdly, benchmarks are constantly referred to as not being good indicators of real world performance, so besides numbers that could very easily be modified, they merely have numbers to say it is the fastest, not actual real world performance proof

4. Snap123

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Last year Huawei as a whole made $28 billion. When you can generate that kind of revenue im sure they afford a coulpe million in r&d to create their own chips. We'll have to wait and see real world comparison to judge if this chip is any good. I never thought i'd say i want to buy a Huawei phone but dam based on what they presented, id buy one if they price is right.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

there is only one way to find out.. put it through its paces when it comes out. kinda funny though, if its true qualcomm just got smoked... again... lol

7. Snap123

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I swear this dude remixfa here you go again talking crap about qualcomm and their snapdragon. By now im sure most people know you despise those chips. You should really change your sn to Snapdragontroll cause thats all you do. I dont really care whether or not their chips is bad. If you dont like qualcomm chip fine but you dont have to find a way to put it into every article that talks about different processor

18. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i agree with you about putting it through its paces..but i'll be honest i heart qualcomm. but that's just me and sadly i have no real proof of why they should be my favorite.

13. WrussS

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

just wait, when quadcore Snapdragon S4 appears with newiest 28 nm tachnology. Tommorow HTC anviels S4 Snapdragon dual core, which two times faster, than smasung galxy nexus and galaxy 2

15. WWThinker

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

JD, please be aware that the semiconductor subsidiary (whatever you want to call the operation) has been designing advanced SOC for many years. Its TD-SCDMA and LTE modem chipsets are already in mass production. With ARM doing most of the up-front R&D, with the major ASIC Design Service big-guns like GUC, Faraday, eSilicon, VeriSilicon and others, with TSMC / UMC / GF / Samsung eagerly providing all the backend support, anyone with enough money in the bank can put together a reasonably experienced design team with enough Ph.Ds to come up with a quad core. It may have more bugs than the Exynos from Samsung, the S4 from Qualcomm, the Tegra3 from Nvidia, the OMAP5 from TI, the dual-core Clover Trail from Intel, ... What matter is that Huawei / HiSilicon can offer a working solutions at an acceptable cost.

16. moosa.mahsoom

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

they are just boasting about graphics. So, it will suck at CPU. remember, S4 is better than Tegra 3 despite being dual core. About the GPU, it COULD be heavily optimized. in some cases that happens.

19. enikfox

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

They have been making their own silicon for about 2 years now.

22. mcch5555

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

I read another article on Chinese web, Huawei already implement this type processor in 3G/4G base station few year.currently this tablet processor is improve from there.

2. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

i hope it can lives upto the expectations!

3. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

10. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Indeed. Also from that same article: "The XL model has a 2500Ah battery, and in the future, we will upgrade this to a 3000Ah battery." Huawei is certainly ready to compete for the top spot in the smartphone market.

6. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It's shocking indeed, looking forward to it.

8. viper_3005

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

damn. if this is sensational imagine how the samsung galaxy s3 and htc one x will be!

11. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

From what has already been revealed, the HTC One X is less impressive.

17. moosa.mahsoom

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

the one X extras are exclusive, come on dual shutters, htc sense. isn't that enough. huawei is just boasting about graphics. what about CPU and real world performance?

20. enikfox

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Thats assuming you like sense. Personally i think its a huge useless resource hog and stock ICS is quite lovely so why bother with it?

21. AppleHateBoy unregistered

HTC Sense Widgets are lovely though!

9. Habib

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

NICE! now Cant wait for the EXYNOS QUAD! bring it on SAMMY, you got a respected rival rising up.

12. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm loving the competition here. Another competitor is always welcome. Especially when they're bringing game like that. I'd love this processor to really make a dent and get the other manufacturers in gear. A powerful yet battery efficient processor is great but the next step is to combine it with what Panasonic is doing with joining the different antennae onto the same chip.

14. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I will wait to reserve judgement on the capabilities of their chips. Although I can believe that they could have the production capability to produce these chips affordably (thanks to cheap labor), I also think that its real world performance is what will matter most. It is not all about specs but the experience. I will see what kind of experience they happen to bring.

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