MediaTek expected to reveal quad and octa-core 64-bit LTE mobile chipsets at MWC 2014

MediaTek expected to reveal quad and octa-core 64-bit LTE mobile chipsets at MWC 2014
According to a Chinese report, MediaTek will reveal two 64-bit LTE mobile chipsets at MWC 2014. They are the quad-core MT6372 and the eight-core MT6752.

The MT6372 is designed as a competitor to Qualcomm's 64-bit Snapdragon 410 in the entry and mid-range LTE phone segments. Its availability is expected for the third quarter of 2014. The eight-core MT6752 will be MTK's high-end offering, and is expected to ship in the fourth quarter of the year.

According to another source, both have integrated support for WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, GSM, LTE-TDD and LTE-FDD. The chipsets utilize Cortex-A53 cores, based on the 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set.

The Cortex-A53 architecture, which is used in the Snapdragon 410 as well, can be described as the 64-bit successor to the Cortex A7. It is able to run both 32-bit and 64-bit instructions depending on the operating system. 

According to these charts, which show the performance of each CPU at 1GHz and its anticipated frequency in production devices, ARM expects manufacturers to push the A53 to 2GHz. At 1GHz, the A53 edges out the Cortex A9 in performance.

All of this is good news for future budget phones. It may be a little early for 64-bit processing to become relevant in mobile devices, but when this moment comes, the cheaper offerings won't be late to switch to the new standard when there is low-cost 64-bit hardware available.

sources: DigiTimes, MyDrivers, ARM

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9 Comments

1. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Great! But I will really appreciate it if your chipset are more energy efficient. Imagine.. 3 days on 2000mah LiPo with heavy usage. That's the real innovation folks.

3. Haridenberg

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The SoC isn't everything, you know... Without efficient display, modem and sensors, the power efficiency of SoC is of little importance.

5. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

They're far more energy efficient than the Snapdragon processors. Also, the SoC can't do all the work. The rest of the specs on the device have to contribute as well.

7. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Right, but intel atom is the most efficient of all !! Not to mention intel's also the only chipset maker to support dual boot wooooott !! Still, snapdragon is the most powerful. I don't know, but do guys think samsung/mtk's developments of octa-core, contrary to qualcomm, have anything to do with Western/Eastern philosophy of quality vs quantity? [No Racism]

2. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

???...

4. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

i got simba chips

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

What's sauce do you use?

8. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

cranberry sauce

9. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

I don't want to buy device with mediatek CPU again. GPS is horrible

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