Roadmap confirms true octa-core chip coming from MediaTek

Roadmap confirms true octa-core chip coming from MediaTek
Earlier on Tuesday, we told you about the MediaTek MT6592 octo-core chip. We can now update that story by telling you that the word out of Taiwan is that the company has already started showing off the chip to customers just last week. Mass production is expected to start taking place in November, using TSMC's 28nm process. The first handsets to include this processor, called the MT6592, will rollout in the beginning of 2014. Another report, this one from HQ Research analyst Pan Jiutang, shows a leaked picture of MediaTek's road map which sure enough, shows the octo-core MT6592 with a clock speed range of 1.7GHz to 2GHz and video decoding of 1080p at 30fps.

As we told you earlier, the MT6592 scored close to 30,000 on the AnTuTu benchmark test, and while that is a pretty good score, it is not as high as the tally produced by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. On the other hand, you can be pretty sure that the MediaTek chip will offer the better value. And instead of the big.LITTLE technology employed by the Samsung Exynos octa-core chips in which only four cores work at any one time, all eight cores will work together at the same time on the MT6592.

Other reports in the region show that MediaTek has 100 job openings it is looking to fill. Based on the positions being advertised, it looks like MediaTek plans on concentrating in chips for 4G LTE technology along with the development of GPU chips and products for Android. Looks like we might start seeing a lot more MediaTek silicon in smartphones in the near future.


source: Engadget

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25 Comments

1. FlushGordon unregistered

Ouch Samsung! Read...this is TRUE Octacore, and has a better performance per dollar ratio than probably what you can come up with in the coning years.

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I think the best description for a "Exynos 5 Octa" would be Dual-Quad-Core. :D

6. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

Qualcomm stated that in comment on night, so called "Octa" was released.

15. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Exynos 5 Octa is the name only, and this name has misled people into useless debates.

22. therealestboy

Posts: 82; Member since: May 03, 2013

Samsung should just call it exynos 5,not misleading people.

25. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

It is called marketing. :)

24. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I know that. :)

5. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

its weird because MediaTek is seen as cheap SoCs maker. so making these high-specs SoC wont work out for them so much. atleast not in europe and americaS market. Customers/Brands here love Qualcomm. all 2013 phones have Qualcomm SoC. in future it may change but for high end, i still doubt anyone would take risk with MediaTek. This is only good for high end phones from mid tier phones from sony/htc that will be used for asian market. the cheap brands wont ever use this.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Samsung has nothing to worry about when it comes to MediaTek. Their biggest concerns are Qualcomm with their Snapdragon 800. In the Exynos Octa, with only 4 cores running, it scores the exact same as the 8 running on MT's chip. Next gen Exynos Octa will definitely put this to shame and give Qualcomm competition.

20. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2431; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I guess you haven't heard of the Cortex A57 and A53? Those are most likely going to be the next offerings by Samsung (probably next year). I would say those chipsets would probably surpass the performance of 8 A7 cores. http://www.anandtech.com/show/6420/arms-cortex-a57-and-cortex-a53-the-first-64bit-armv8-cpu-cores

23. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You really think 'TRUE Octacore' is worth an increment of 2000 in Antutu score ? Keeping in mind the increased resources (battery) it will require !

2. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

"Samsung Exynos octa-core chips in which only four cores work at any one time, all eight cores will work together at the same time on the MT6592" That means, 4 cores of sammy beats 8 cores of mediatek in bench marks woww sammy & why it is called octa core when only 4 cores work at a time. can somebody explain...

13. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Yeah, 4 cores of Exynos beats the 8 cores of MTK, because, MTK uses all Cortex-A7 cores not A15!

19. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

8 a7 cores @ 2ghz is faster than 4 a15 @ 1.8 ghz. The quad core would have much better per core performance but it would lose in most benchmarks. Also 8 a7s is more power efficient than 4 a15s. Mediatek is planning on switching to a9 next year so these scores will get even better.

3. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Why is PA repeating stuff they've already written, also most of the headlines i've read on here have appeared on Android Authority and other tech blogs days before.

7. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

PA doesn't have a history of exclusive stories honestly, almost all of their stories come from other tech sites that had the story first. With that said I do prefer coming here just because the site is much more pleasant to use in my opinion. There has been numerous times where I've used the tip link to send PA a story that they aren't, but should be, reporting.

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree.

11. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Me2.®

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Yeah I've given up with the system. I've sent them websites to information I've haven't seen on other tech sites and never saw anything. Michael H., please read and make a suggestion to improve the tip system.

12. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

So 8xA7 Arm Cortex clocked at what, 1.5Ghz.? There would be absolutely zero lag! Wow 8cores pushing Android OS It needs 8cores to push Android totally lag free, no matter what you throw at it! What a mighty hungry Ram CPU hog OS... ®

14. cameogt

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Octacore processor based on ARM Cortex-A7 with 1.7Ghz to 2Ghz. 512MB of RAM. lol!

16. cameogt

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

by doing some little research, here's what i found out. http://droidxda.blogspot.com/2012/11/mediatek-ready-to-release-mt6599-octa.html so, it's not MT6592 based from post by Allan. and, its not Cortex-A7. it's A15. power hungry. imagine 8-cores running Cortex-a15.

17. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

8 a15 cores would be a beast in terms of performance but 3000mAh battery wont be enough. They should put an intel processor instead of using 8 a15.

18. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Mediatek is on the run while nvidia is missing the action. Tegra 4 :(

21. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Tegra 4 was never meant to beat Octa. That job was given to Tegra 4i. Tegra 4's true competitor was Snapdragon 800. Just in case you didn't know, Snapdragon 800 crushes Octa in benchmarks. And I think it will crush Mediatek's Octa too.

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