ST-Ericsson new quad-core NovaThor SoC uses 50% less power than the competition

ST-Ericsson new quad-core NovaThor SoC uses 50% less power than the competition
There are a lot of processor options for manufacturers to choose from when building mobile hardware. The competition between Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Samsung has been so fierce that Texas Instruments actually dropped out of the race. But, ST-Ericsson wants to boost its market share with a new version of its NovaThor SoC, which supposedly uses 50% less power than the competition.

This CES has already had the unveiling of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon chips, the NVIDIA Tegra 4, and the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, but ST-Ericsson thinks its new NovaThor L8580 can take them all on. The L8580 has four Cortex-A9 cores which can each be clocked up to 2.5GHz, and still only consume as little as 0.6V of power while performing most day-to-day tasks. ST-Ericsson says that thanks to this low-power mode, the chip will use 50% less power than the competition. 

The SoC uses the PowerVR SGX544 graphics from Imagination Technologies running at 600 MHz, which can power displays with resolutions up to 1920×1200. And, the other big selling point to the new NovaThor is that it is one of the few SoCs that comes with LTE built-in. 

As you would expect from a chip built on Cortex-A9, and the GPU, this is not an SoC that is intended to compete with the other top-of-the-line offerings. More likely, it is aiming to capture the market of devices just below the Tegra 4 level, which is still on the higher end, but don't expect this to be in a flagship device from any of the top manufacturers. 

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12 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

processors are so cheap dont see the point of this. Unless its like 5-15 bucks

3. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

The power consumption and integrated LTE could be key factors for a manufacturer looking for a mid-high range SoC, but doesn't want to use an older chip.

2. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

This is insane overclocked Gpu and 2.5Ghz Wtf .

4. chasetorres125

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Both quadcore At 2.5 ghz A9 it can at least cope up with 1.5 ghz A15 believe me,so many choices good news for us consumers,competion r great:-D

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Somewhat late in the game but this should do ok for tablets and awesome for phones with that power. Less power consumption is an always welcome thing.

5. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Don't underestimate that GPU...

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

My hesitation with it is that it can only push up to 1920×1200, which will be fine for smartphones, but it may not be enough the way tablet displays are going.

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

I was thinking the same. With tablets on the market already at 2560x1600, this processor hops out the gate with a handicap.

8. Obie-Wan

Posts: 113; Member since: May 24, 2012

However i still believe this chip will have it's own market, mid - end tablet usually offer resolution like the N7. And on emerging country, they offer a loooooot of those mid-end tablet... It's a fresh offering for mid-high phones n tablets :)

9. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

But it should be fine in the 7" Tablet market considering those things run well below that resolution and no one is really making a stink about those visuals. I see this would work out well in 7" and possibly make a killing if the battery life is as good as they are going on about. Nexus 7 redux with this chip and a 1080p display would go hand in hand with looks and performance yes? LTE enabled would be icing on the cake.

12. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

True, but NovaThor chipsets are primarily aimed at smartphones.

11. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Hopefully Mid-Range Sony phones will use it and take advantage of LTE.

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