1. maxiang's Avatar
    Tri-Core and low power draw, think RIM will use it?
    http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/23/marvell-unveils-1-5ghz-triple-core-application-processor-all-cu/

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    09-23-10 11:41 AM
  2. maxiang's Avatar
    Tri-Core and low power draw, think RIM will use it?
    http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/23/marvell-unveils-1-5ghz-triple-core-application-processor-all-cu/

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    Links don't like me
    Here's the full engadget post:
    Marvell unveils 1.5GHz triple-core application processor, all current smartphones look on in envy

    9/23/2010 6:18AM by Vlad Savov

    ?

    Marvell's decided to whip out the "game changer" tag for its latest slice of silicon, but when you read the spec sheet that accompanies it, you might be willing to forgive it. Just this once. The new Armada 628 application processor delivers three cores, two of which crank along at 1.5GHz, and enough graphical prowess to churn 200 million triangles a second. You might remember we were once impressed by the Hummingbird's 90 million -- yeah, not so much anymore. The 628 is capable of 1080p 3D video and graphics (meaning it can sustain two simultaneous 1080p streams, one for each eye) and pledges to have an "ultra" low power profile: more than 10 hours of 1080p video or 140 hours of music playback are on offer. If that's not enough, it's also the first mobile SOC to include USB 3.0 support, adding yet another speed crown to its bulging resume. Now if it can also be SuperSpeedy in coming to market, that'd be just swell.



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    Marvell Raises Technology Bar Again with World's First 1.5 GHz Tri-Core Processor Delivering Dual Stream 1080p 3D Video for Smartphones and Tablets

    Game Changer: Ultra-low power, ultra-high performance ARMADA three-core processor first to feature 3D graphics performance with quad unified shaders for 200 million triangles per second delivered on mobile devices

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, today introduced the world's first 1.5 GHz tri-core application processor, the Marvell ARMADA 628. This product incorporates a full System-on-a-Chip design (SoC) with three high performance Marvell-designed, ARM-compliant CPU cores operating as the world's first commercially available heterogeneous, multi-core, applications processor.

    "Marvell has once again set the benchmark for the rest of the industry with the world's first 1.5 GHz tri-core processor, delivering dual stream 1080p 3D video and 3D graphics performance with quad unified shaders for 200 million triangles per second delivered on ultra-low-power, long battery life smartphones and tablets," said Weili Dai, Marvell Co-founder and Vice President and General Manager of Marvell Semiconductor's Consumer and Computing Business Unit. "This is important because today's consumers expect robust enterprise and consumer applications delivered to the palm of their hands. Marvell is uniquely equipped to lead this mobile revolution as the semiconductor industry's one-stop shop solution provider. This is an example of Marvell's unique ability to take a diverse cutting edge technology portfolio and integrate into differentiated solutions to give our customers game-changing advantage."

    The new ARMADA 628 tri-core processor incorporates a number of advanced processing and power management features. The tri-core design integrates two high performance symmetric multiprocessing cores and a third core optimized for ultra low-power. The third core is designed to support routine user tasks and acts as a system management processor to monitor and dynamically scale power and performance. The tri-core architecture provides superior performance and lower power over dual-core designs while maintaining industry compatibility and leadership - ensuring a richer, faster and smoother experience than any other ARM-based processor available today.

    "Marvell's groundbreaking tri-core architecture is a unique solution to a long-time problem-how to achieve enterprise performance without breaking the limited power budget of smartphones, tablets and other mobile consumer devices," said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst of The Linley Group. "With Marvell's ARMADA 628, consumers can anticipate better visual, dynamic experiences on an array of new mobile devices."

    The architecture is analogous to a hybrid muscle car. The ARMADA 628 is intended to perform like a race car engine on demand, while still delivering the frugal gas-mileage of a hybrid automobile. In real world terms, this enables the ARMADA 628 to play more than 10 hours of full 1080p HD video or 140 hours of music on a single charge while still providing 3 GHz of raw computational horsepower.

    Marvell's ARMADA 628 tri-core CPU comprises a complete SoC design a first for the industry. In addition to the tri-core CPU, there are six additional processing engines to support stunning 3D graphics, 1080p video encode/decode, ultra high fidelity audio, advanced cryptography, and digital photo data processing for a total of nine dedicated core functions.

    The ARMADA 628 is also designed to be the first mobile CPU to provide high-speed USB 3.0 connectivity, which offers 10x faster performance than USB 2.0.

    About ARMADA 628
    The ARMADA 628 is based on a Marvell-designed ARM v7 MP compatible CPU offering 1.5 GHz performance. It offers support to use LP-DDR2 or DDR3 memory up to 533 MHz, a highly flexible display controller capable of driving four simultaneous displays at up t o 2K x 2K resolution, and a highly robust security subsystem that includes a secure execution processor. An integrated 3D engine renders 200 million triangles per second for an immersive game play experience and a multi-format video engine supports dual stream 1080p video for a true 3D visual experience. In addition, the ARMADA 628 supports DirectX, Open GL ES 2.0, and Open VG 1.1 ensuring complete compatibility with the most hotly anticipated mobile game titles.

    ARMADA 628 supports RIM OS, Android, Linux, Windows Mobile, and full Adobe Flash.

    Marvell has a long history of delivering multi-core technology to customers for use in a broad variety of applications ranging from home networking, gateways, all the way up to computing-intensive enterprise applications. Most recently, Marvell announced the first implementation of quad-core technology for the ARM ecosystem, further demonstrating Marvell's ability to deliver high performance, flexible technology that meets the silicon requirements of numerous tier-one customers, regardless of the end application.

    Key Features
    World's first "tri-core" application processor
    Up to 1.5 GHz for the two main cores and 624 MHz for the third low power core
    "Heterogeneous multiprocessing" with "hardware-based Cache Coherence"
    1 MB System Level 2 Cache
    Platform leading multimedia capabilities, including support for both WMMX2 and NEON acceleration; and a highly optimized pipelined VFPv3 floating point engine
    Member of the ARMADA family of processors for easy software porting
    1080p dual stream 3D video applications (30 FPS, multi-format)
    Ultimate 3D graphics performance with quad unified shaders for 200 million triangles per second (MT/s)
    High performance, integrated image signal processor (ISP)
    Ability to project images on multiple simultaneous displays
    2 LCDs
    1 HDMI
    1 advanced EPD controller
    Peripherals support: USB 3.0 Superspeed Client, MIPI CSI, MIPI DSI, HDMI with integrated PHY, UniPro, Slimbus, SPMI

    Availability
    The ARMADA 628 is currently available for sampling to customers. For more information please go to www.marvell.com.

    About Marvell
    Marvell is a world leader in the development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions. Marvell's diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless, and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure including enterprise, metro, home, and storage networking. As used in this release, the term "Marvell" refers to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit http://www.marvell.com.

    Marvell and the M logo are registered trademarks of Marvell and/or its affiliates. ARMADA is a trademark of Marvell and/or its affiliates. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.
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    09-23-10 11:55 AM
  3. _StephenBB81's Avatar
    RIM does Like Marvell for their GSM phones, so this is really good news for RIM fans in 2011
    09-23-10 12:13 PM
  4. aNYthing24's Avatar
    Hopefully the future Bold uses this chip...sounds tantalizing.
    09-23-10 12:25 PM
  5. anon3396357's Avatar
    Wonders if RIM would even consider this chip at all.
    09-23-10 12:36 PM
  6. the_sandman_454's Avatar
    If they stick to their current device update model they will definitely use it sometime around when the other makers are using 2-3gigahertz chips.

    On a serious note that sounds like a very impressive processor and it will be very interesting to see who picks it up and runs with it.
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    09-23-10 12:42 PM
  7. _StephenBB81's Avatar
    If they stick to their current device update model they will definitely use it sometime around when the other makers are using 2-3gigahertz chips.

    On a serious note that sounds like a very impressive processor and it will be very interesting to see who picks it up and runs with it.
    Well there current device model was using what was best suited by Marvell with comparable QualComm options

    before the Armada Marvell didn't offer anything better,

    Now they do, and I suspect RIM will take full advantage of it, especially since the new tablet is rumored to be using Marvell Chips
    09-23-10 01:39 PM
  8. Rootbrian's Avatar
    It should also be fully compatible with ubuntu on MID's. Higher speeds require better heat dispersing without a cooling fan, or with a cooling fan, if it cannot be possible to avoid overheating from extremely heavy use.

    How well could those chips handle 1080p, 1200p or 1440p video encoding? (My guess, not very well lol)

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    09-23-10 04:32 PM
  9. Nitsuj85's Avatar
    Cant wait to see the BBs of '11, it'll be just in time for my upgrade.
    09-23-10 04:39 PM
  10. maxiang's Avatar
    RIM does Like Marvell for their GSM phones, so this is really good news for RIM fans in 2011
    Exactly! That and the press release specifically saying that its compatible with BlackBerry OS has me all a quiver
    To the naysayers: I'm cautiously optimistic about this myself (believe it when I see it) but I remember when RIM had the highest clock speed for a smartphone in the Bold 9000. So its not unprecedented for RIM to jump to front... Though they sit down for awhile after the jump

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    09-23-10 04:47 PM
  11. BoldtotheMax's Avatar
    I am all for it, who wouldn't be right?

    Also right in time for my upgrade, sweeeeet!

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    09-23-10 05:53 PM
  12. Reed McLay's Avatar
    Availability
    The ARMADA 628 is currently available for sampling to customers. ...
    I suspect, this is the Quantum Leap Jim Balsillie was suggesting.

    Sure does sound like it will be the 'Pad to beat.
    09-23-10 07:08 PM
  13. avt123's Avatar
    It is releasing some time in 2011 right? I doubt it will be in the tablet (rumored to be released in 2010) if that is the case.
    09-23-10 07:11 PM
  14. Reed McLay's Avatar
    It will release when they can scale up production. That could be as soon as late 3Qtr, just in time for Holiday gift giving.

    Monday will likley bring some very exciting news. A 1080p 3D Video 'Pad running Crusher code.... That would be worth camping out in a lineup for.

    Four more sleeps.

    09-23-10 07:21 PM
  15. breakmedown's Avatar
    I'm excited. If RIM knew what was good for them they'd definantely look to this chip for the Storm 3 (which I'm sure they'd have to redesign at this point) and just wait to make it LTE. This would really help them hang with the Android phones, which I'm sure will pick it up much quicker than RIM will.

    I am excited about this, though. If they can build this particular chipset to RIMs standards, maybe they can partner with RIM and release a few more high end chips to help them move along.
    09-23-10 09:58 PM
  16. maxiang's Avatar
    I'm excited. If RIM knew what was good for them they'd definantely look to this chip for the Storm 3 (which I'm sure they'd have to redesign at this point) and just wait to make it LTE. This would really help them hang with the Android phones, which I'm sure will pick it up much quicker than RIM will.

    I am excited about this, though. If they can build this particular chipset to RIMs standards, maybe they can partner with RIM and release a few more high end chips to help them move along.
    I'm not sure which android builders would be interested in this. Motorola uses TI, HTC uses qualcomm, and Samsung makes their own.
    It says its compatible with BlackBerry OS in Marvell's press release, and RIM's been using xscale processors for awhile now from what I've found, so the relationship is in place already
    09-24-10 12:22 AM
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