MediaTek Unveils Quad-Core MT8135 big.LITTLE SoC
Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek is looking to make its presence better known, and to that end, the company has announced its new quad-core MT8135 processor for high-end tablets.
It consists of four cores in total. Two Cortex A15 cores are paired with two Cortex A7 core in ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture. However, unlike the Exynos 5 chipset, the configuration here is called big.LITTLE MP, which allows both Cortex A15 and Cortex A9 clusters to work simultaneously. This makes it essentially a quad core processor (and that is just what MediaTek is touting it as).
The new configuration is also said to make the processor more efficient than current chips using big.LITTLE architecture.
The firm’s MT8135 SoC will use Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR G6200 GPU, which supports OpenCL GPU computing.
Imagination Technologies said the PowerVR Series 6 GPU used in the Mediatek MT8135 SoC uses its tile-based deferred rendering architecture. The firm also touted support for Miracast, giving tablets that use the chip the ability to stream content to supporting televisions.
Mediatek could in theory use the MT8135 SoC to power Windows tablets, especially since the PowerVR Series 6 GPU supports DirectX 10.1. However it is far more likely that the chip’s OpenGL ES and OpenGL support will be used along with OpenCL and Renderscript.
The benchmarking scores provided by MediaTek for the chip, also puts it ahead of both Exynos 5 in the Nexus 10 and Tegra 3.
No word on pricing or availability yet.
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