MediaTek, a Taiwan-based fabless semiconductor company, has announced what they call the world’s first quad-core SoC – MT6589 – based on ARM’s new Cortex A7 CPU. Although Qualcomm was actually the first to do this, MediaTek’s chip will be the first to be commercially available in handsets, starting Q1, 2013.
The MT6589 uses four Cortex A7 cores based on 28nm process, which ARM says is their most power efficient processor yet. It combines them with a PowerVR Series5XT GPU and MediaTek’s multi-mode UMTS Rel. 8/HSPA+/TD-SCDMA modem.
The chip supports dual-SIM, dual-active functionality, 1080p 30fps/30fps low-power video playback and recording, a 13MP Camera with Integrated ISP, up to FHD (1920×1080) LCD displays, and enhanced picture processing for DTV-grade image quality. In addition, the MT6589 also supports MediaTek’s “Cool 3D” suite, which includes support for stereo 3D cameras and displays, real-time 2D-to-3D conversion and an optimal 3D user interface. The MT6589 adds Miracast™ technology for multi-screen content sharing and pre-integrates MediaTek’s 4-in-1 connectivity combo, which supports 802.11n Wi-Fi, BT4.0, GPS and FM.
This SoC is aimed at mid-range to high-end devices and you should start seeing it in devices early next year. Click the source link for a hands-on preview of this chip.