After all these announcements of new chipsets by manufacturers at CES, it’s satisfactory if your attention had been pull away from ST-Ericsson. But the creators of NovaThor haven’t been left with the dust. On the upside, they have just catched up with the competition, thanks to their new NovaThor L8580 quad-core processor.
Although the new generation ST-Ericsson chip is based on the rather old Cortex A9 architecture, it’s nothing short of amazing. You have four CPU cores that top at 2,5GHz, a PowerVR SGX544 GPU running at 600MHz and an advanced LTE radio, which should bring speeds of 150mbps to your NovaThor-running device! The SoC is said to be very power-efficient, resulting with improved performance and reduced temperature. That’s the result of ST-Ericsson’s eQuad technology, which allows each of the cores to function either as a power-saving one running at 0,6V, or a high-performer at 2,5GHz, leading to high battery gain. The cores are built on STMicroelectronics’ advanced 28nm FD-SOI process technology.
The NovaThor L8580 supports displays of up to 1920×1200 resolution, and 20MP cameras at best. It supports up to ten LTE/HSPA/TD-SCDMA/GSM bands, which is expected from a modern mobile chipset. It also opens gates to Bluetooth™, GNSS (GPS+ GLONASS), FM, WLAN, WiFi Direct™, Miracast™ and NFC support.
The release date of the NovaThod L8580 is scheduled to Q1 2013. The chipset will make an appearance first and foremost on mid-range devices, which means it will be competitively priced. Here’s a demonstration of the chipset: