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Huawei's new K3V3 chip brings octa-core silicon to the Chinese OEM

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Huawei's new K3V3 chip brings octa-core silicon to the Chinese OEM
On Tuesday, we showed you a roadmap for MediaTek that showed that the company plans on launching a true octa-core chip in November. We should find it under the hood of smartphones beginning early next year. Meanwhile, another name has thrown some chips into the pot, so to speak. Sources in China say that Huawei can finished developing its next generation Hisilicon K3V3 processor which offers octa-core capabilities.

According to these Chinese tipsters, Huawei has devised a way for the silicon to auto charge when running at a high temperature, and cools the component as well. This increases the standby time of the device. Earlier this year, Huawei CEO Richard Yu had said that the company would release an octa-core K3V3 processor, based on ARM’s Cortex A15 architecture, during the second half of this year. The chip will be clocked at 1.8GHz. The Mali GPU comes along for the ride, built using the 28nm process.

We most likely will see the octa-core K3V3 in the sequel to the Huawei Ascend Mate, once the largest screened smartphone in the industry with a 6.3 inch glass.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: GSMInsider

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posted on 03 Jul 2013, 13:29 4

1. jibraihimi (Posts: 770; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

Octo core A15 processor, will be very powerful, but battery life and heating would be a main concern for this powerful processor..........

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 13:31

2. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

Ascend Mate 2 was or is rumoured to come with a 6.3-6.5 inch screen, hopefully 1080p this time around.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 14:13 7

3. jove39 (Posts: 1976; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

"silicon to auto charge when running at a high temperature"

This should be headline of article!

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 15:12 3

6. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Meh we need to stop chip research for a little bit and focus on getting silicone batteries in phones. That would make them last like 5 days on one charge instead of 1 day.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 14:51

4. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

The power of ARM..it brings freedom, customization, innovation..sounds familiar?
Android and ARM are two forces that changed the world the most, in the past decade.. and will continue to do so for years to come.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 14:59 3

5. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Arm needs to stay aware of Intel their baytrails are going to put the a15 chips to shame.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 16:44 1

8. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

Shatter, keep such statements for your self since you suffer from a proven Intel bias to the bone.

Bay trail will probably have a bit more performance than the current ARM counterparts but even that is not a certainty.
Actually I will bet you that on geekbench it will struggle to beat the S800 and the likes, since current Clover Trail + at 2ghz is massively inferior, beaten by more than 150%!(while being "competitive" in Antutu.

Besides, performance is only half of the story.
ARM will win on the basis of price, flexibility and simplicity..and once the manufacturing processes even out, Intel will lose its only advantage.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 17:04 1

10. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Leaked baytrail benchmarks: 1.1ghz 4 cores = 43000 in antutu. Baytrail will run at around 2ghz when it comes out so mid 50000s will be where it scores. I would love to see a15 keep up with that becuase it can't.

Even an AMD cpu is faster than the snapdragon 800.

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 04:13

15. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

You missed my suggestion.. the good score in Antutu can be misleading.
It is a benchmark that can be easily fluffed by some chip tweaks and optimizations, especially in the memory tests.
That is impossible in Geekbench however, which is a sure synthetic measuring tool, giving you a raw performance figures.
While CT+ got a great antutu numbers, it failed completely in the much more transparent and credible Geekbench 2.
If Clover trail is anything to go by, Bay trail should not score over 4000 in geekbench.
So if you want to talk performance, geekbench >> antutu.

Also, you forget that this chip won't come to phones.

I think ARM has nothing to worry about, especially with comparatively cheap yet frugal and powerful solutions such as future octa A7 and hexa A53 socs.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 21:24

14. aryanfr1 (Posts: 125; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

Nice to see that you are pretty excited to see the bay trail performance but let me disclose you a fact that Intel has a long history of bribing Benchmark companies,and it was so often that AMD just left those benchmark software as they found they were highly optimized for Intel chips thus giving a biased scores.
These benchmark companies have a lucrative source of money earning and they can optimize them if they are paid
And these reviewer also get paid to shut there mouth and don't write anything against these thing

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 16:49 1

9. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

This is getting crazy. It'd just a phone. Talk text surf the web. They are committing to much time on phones when we have great tablets and hybrids.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 17:14 1

11. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

If it works in phones it will work better (they can raise clock speed) in tablets/hybrids.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 18:28 2

12. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

You raise a valid point. The lines are starting to blur on what we call tablets and phones, pretty sure the Asus Fonepad and Galaxy Note 8.0 are classed as devices with cellular capabilities. With phones getting bigger, it wouldn't shock me to see the 7 inch barrier being broken come next year with the addition of a bluetooth headset/smaller companion device sans the Xperia Z Ultra/HTC Butterfly, so we'll probably see the same internals of tablets into larger 'phones' in the 6-7 inch range

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 21:23

13. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 933; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

"The K3V3 is based on the ARM big.LITTLE architecture. It is composed of two ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore cores and two ARM Cortex-A7 MPCore cores, it will also use the Mali-T658 GPU. The maximum clock frequency is 1.8 GHz." (source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HiSilicon)

A quad big.LITTLE A15 CPU makes more sense than a pure octa core A15, LOL......

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