Motorola X8 ARM chip – Next Mobile Computing processor?



Motorola hasn’t been as active as a mobile manufacturer in the past 6 months or so, maybe owing to the take-over by Google or maybe due to the restructuring that is gradually being undertaken to strengthen its house. The now Google-owned company has seen the launch of a new smartphone line-up that is surely giving the major competitors a run for their money. The secret may not be in the new acquisition or the physical design but on what’s hidden behind the sensitive touch screen. The technical hype behind the new technology is a SoC at the heart of these phones, a chip dubbed the Motorola X8. The SoC is a change from the traditional dual core or quad-core chips that are found in most tablets and smartphones.

The new approach employed by Motorola makes use of 8 processor cores that comprises 4 graphics processor cores for stunning clarity, 2 application processor cores for swift action and 2 low-power cores{1 contextual awareness core(which deals with sensor data, such as input from the accelerometer, audio sensors, gyroscope and ambient light sensors), 1 language processor core (this is what enables the phone to be awakened with a voice command as opposed to touching the power button)}—awaiting your next command.

On the technical bit, it’s clear to note that in actual sense Motorola X8 is a dual core processor in disguise if the 2 application cores are anything to make a conclusion on since it makes use of these two application processors clocking an impressive 1.7GHz. And there was no need to re-invent the wheel as they say it since Motorola only included a small part that is truly new. As some have rightly pointed out, it’s simply a modified Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, fitted with two new specialized low-power cores to take care of all the always-on needs for the latest batch of Android-powered Motorola devices. This has seen a much improved energy efficient Motorola set-of smartphones as the low powered processors are dedicated to await commands from the user and this makes the battery consumption much more reduced.

To conclude, SoC may receive some doubts as far as its technology is concerned but it comes with more positive additions and with more research and innovation on the trunk-line the best is yet to come the only question being whether other major SoC manufacturers will follow suit in implementing this change in future Smartphones and more-so Tablets and if this is the new future for smartphones and Tablet processors.