1.2GHz Dual-Core ARM CPU Now Certified For Blazing Through Android
Up until now, Qualcomm's Snapdragon was the only real powerhouse on the market. Apple's A4 chip shows a lot of promise in the iPad, but it still hasn't found its way into the mobile sector just yet. ST-Ericsson and ARM have today made a move that should excite anyone who wishes their smartphone were faster. The two have announced that the dual-core ARM Coretex A9 MPCore processor (1.2GHz) is now tailored to work on the ST-Ericsson U8500 platform, which is Android compatible. The real sweetness is the Symmetric Multi Processing (SMP) that's involved, which improves the multitasking capability and peak performance of Android handsets, while maintaining the lowest power consumption profile.
“Using mobile phones solely to make phone calls and send short messages is becoming a thing of the past,” said Ronan de Renesse, senior analyst, head of Mobile Media, Screen Digest. “Revenues from mobile data services and applications are set to double in the next four years to reach Euro 100bn. For the market to reach its full potential, new mobile devices must become more versatile. With Web browsing being the most popular application on smartphones, it is also therefore critical for manufacturers to offer the best browsing experience.”
Looks like your next Android smartphone just might be able to whip everything else if it's got a 1.2GHz CPU under the hood, but it still remains to be seen if any phone makers will pick this setup during their future hardware selection sessions.