Marvell adds Armada 618 processor for HD-capable smartphones

Armada 618 processor

It’s enthusing indeed to see the capabilities possessed by today’s multimedia mobile phones. With that in mind, Marvell recently announced its newest addition to the Armada portfolio in the form of the Armada 618. This latest processor claims to drive live content, multimedia, and high-end mobile gaming for next-generation HD-capable smartphones.

Keeping to the attributes of the company’s Armada family of application processors, the 618 too provides a CPU core that boasts of PC-standard performance. Incorporated with 1080p full-HD encode and decode abilities, it also offers superior 3D graphics support. This allows for a highly scalable and power optimized platform tailored to fuel high-end applications along with a rich multimedia and gaming experience. All this is offered in a lightweight form factor with very low power requirements.

“Featuring a gigahertz CPU, 1080p full-HD video, 3D graphics, the industry’s fastest LP-DDR, and optimized power for longer battery life, Marvell’s Armada 618 application processor represents a dramatic leap forward in high-end, multimedia smartphones,” mentioned Ms. Weili Dai, Marvell’s Co-founder and Vice President and General Manager of Marvell Semiconductor’s Consumer and Computing Business Unit. “Importantly, the Armada 600 series of application processors gives our customers a common platform solution to build multiple products and formats for the always-on consumer–scaling from smartphones to eReaders to tablets without compromising either the multimedia performance or the battery life.”

Based on a Marvell-designed ARM v7 compatible CPU, the 618 processor provides GHz-class performance. In a 12mm x 12mm package, users are offered the flexibility to use LP-DDR1 or LP-DDR2 memory up to 533MHz. This is known to be a highly flexible display controller capable of four simultaneous displays at up to 2K x 2K resolution in addition to a highly robust security subsystem.

Equipped with a robust 3D graphics engine that is enabled for DirectX, Open GL ES 2.0, and Open VG 1.1, the processor renders up to 45 million triangles per second with a complete floating point pipeline and unified vertex and fragment/pixel shading. This allows it to generate contrast-rich scenes with high-definition resolution and color. It also supports, Linux, Android, Windows Mobile and complete Adobe Flash.

The Armada 618 was scheduled to be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. It is currently sampling to early customers.