In addition to the new device announcements, we are also seeing several new processors at the ongoing Mobile World Congress. Three of the players in the chip industry – Qualcomm, Intel and MediaTek have unveiled a range of new processors, which will be powering several of the upcoming devices including the already announced ones like Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet.
Talking about Qualcomm first, the company has introduced three new chips including two new 64-bit options in the form of Snapdragon 610 and 615. The third chip is Snapdragon 801, which will work as the stopgap quad-core flagship chip until the arrival of Snapdragon 805. Sony has already revealed the Snapdragon 801 is present in its Xperia Z2 smartphone and tablet and we expecting it to be present in at least the standard version of Galaxy S5, which will be officially announced later today.
The 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 and 615 are four and eight-core implementations of ARM’s Cortex A53, combined with Qualcomm’s Adreno 405 GPU and a Category 4 LTE modem. These, like the previously announced 64-bit Snapdragon 410, are built on a 28nm LP process.
The first devices based on Snapdragon 801 will start shipping in late-Q1, while Snapdragon 610 and 615 will only be available as a part of mass market devices in Q4 2014.
Coming to Intel, the chipmaker has announced the 2.13GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor Z3480 (“Merrifield”), which is a 64-bit ready processor. Based on 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture, it comes with PowerVR Series 6 Graphics IP core and Intel’s XMM 7160 LTE modem. It also features the new Integrated Sensor Solution from Intel, which manages sensor data to keep applications smart and contextually aware even when device is in low-power state.
In addition, Intel has revealed that its 64-bit Intel Atom Moorefield processor will arrive as a part of devices in second half of the year. Moorefield adds two additional Intel architecture (IA) cores on Merrifield (total 4 cores), an enhanced GPU and support for faster memory as well as XMM 7260 LTE modem.
Lastly, MediaTek has also unveiled a 64-bit processor in the form of MT6732, which is based on ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and packs Mali-T760 GPU and Multi-mode 4G LTE Modem.
It will be available as a part of mass market devices by the end of 2014.