Marvell unveils 1.5 GHz Armada CPU that runs 1080p 3D video,

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Old 15-Jan-2011
Marvell unveils 1.5 GHz Armada CPU that runs 1080p 3D video,

Marvell Technology Group unveiled a new mobile processor based on their ARM v7 MP design. Marketed as the Armada 628, the new system-on-a-chip packs in a whopping nine processing cores (tri-core CPU and six processing engines) that deliver maximum performance per watt. It boasts USB 3.0 connectivity and has the first mobile tri-core CPU design. The latter enables efficient load balancing via a third CPU core that runs mundane tasks at ultra low-power and manages power and performance between the two high-performance symmetric multiprocessing cores that combined create 3GHz of computational power. They compare it to a hybrid muscle car in that it gives the chip an edge over dual-core designs that unnecessarily draw excessive power for routine user tasks. Power consumption is impressive: The Armada 628 delivers over ten hours of full 1080p HD video or 140 hours of music on a single charge.
Six additional processors take care of dual stream 1080p 3D video, 1080p vide encode/decode, advanced cryptography, and 3D graphics performance with quad unified shaders for 200 million triangles per second. Other capabilities include support for LP-DDR2 or DDR3 memory up to 533 MHz, a secure execution processor, and a display controller that can drive four simultaneous displays at up t o 2K x 2K resolution.
GPU cores are compatible with DirectX, Open GL ES 2.0, and Open VG 1.1. Supported software architectures include RIM OS, Android, Linux, Windows Mobile, and full Adobe Flash, the chip maker said. The chip will be available to tablet and smartphone makers in early 2011 and key customers are already sampling pre-production silicon.
The Armada series is mostly used in Research in Motionís products. Marvellís silicon is also believed to power Nintendoís upcoming 3DS handheld console, but the supposedly leaked specs donít seem to support such a thesis.

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