MediaTek might launch a low-cost octa-core processor this year

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Samsung may not be the only manufacturer in the eight-core processor game for much longer if brand-new reports are to be thought.

According to a leaked business roadmap discovered by Sina Weibo, MediaTek is fast-tracking development of its own octa-core chip, which it hopes will prepare by November of this year.

Though Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa does undoubtedly feature 8 processor cores, just 4 are ever before active simultaneously.

Based on the reports about MediaTek’s brand-new Cortex-A7 MT6592, all 8 of the processors will truly work in unison, and at a lower cost to boot.

Eight is enough

Taiwanese website UDN first picked up on the Cortex-A7 MT6592, which it reported will go for 2GHz, and has actually currently been shown to several potential MediaTek clients in the past week.

The chip purportedly scored a 30,000 utilizing AnTuTu’s benchmarking, which puts it just behind Qualcomm’s quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800, however MediaTek’s chip is thought to cost quite a bit less.

MediaTek is allegedly planning to make use of TSMC’s 28nm manufacturing process beginning in November, with the first phones using the octa-core processor due to show up in very early 2014 around Chinese New Year.

The Taiwanese business is also believed to be ramping up its 4G LTE compatibility together with its brand-new chip, as a separate UDN report exposed even more than a 100 new tasks had opened up at MediaTek last month.

Quad-core coming too?

The octa-core MT6592 mightn’t be the only brand-new processor originating from MediaTek this year either, as the company seems readying a quad-core variation, too.

The leaked business files discovered called a 1.7 GHz MT6588 quad-core processor as arriving in Q4 too, though it sounds like even more of a much faster upgrade of the existing MT6589 chip than an off-shoot of the MT6592.

While more information on the MT6592 are sporadic at this time, those exact same docs did reveal the octa-core processor would be able to decode 1080p video at 30fps.

What’s more, both of the brand-new chips are supposedly suitable with the approaching quad-core 1.3 GHz MT6582, which will help get the expenses down on the later-arriving chips.

MediaTek’s MT6290 LTE modem will likewise be compatible with all 3 of the chips, which bodes well for the company’s strategies to finally explore faster cellular space.

Even if MediaTek’s brand-new chips are not quite as effective as Qualcomm’s providings, the value incentive could be enough to sway some Chinese manufacturers to the less expensive processors.

With Sony already supposedly on board with MediaTek for its upcoming C3 smartphone, there’s no telling which others will do the same.