So far, only a couple of chip makers have octa core processors ready for deployment in consumer devices. MediaTek has already shown off the capabilities of its eight core chip and Samsung has added HMP support to its Exynos 5 Octa where all cores can run simultaneously. Huawei is the next addition to this list as its latest HiSilicon SOC with eight cores is ready to be deployed.
Huawei’s CEO, Richard Yu, is one big tease. He has shared subtle details about many devices long before they could go official. Yu is also responsible for the latest news on the company’s HiSilicon octa core chip. The details for the SOC were revealed through a post on Sina Weibo where the CEO also disclosed that a second chip based on the 28nm HPM process will be reaching the market as well.
Unlike MediaTek’s version which has eight Cortex A7s working together, Huawei’s octa core silicon will employ quad Cortex A15s and quad A7s just like in Samsung Exynos 5 Octa. The maximum achievable clock speed hasn’t been disclosed and there’s no mention on what graphics module will be onboard. Also, Richard Yu has left out the part on whether the SOC supports HMP or not. The second chip on the other hand, is based on the Cortex A9.
Engadget notes that both models will have a multi-mode LTE modem with support for WCDMA and TD-SCDMA bands. In a second post on Weibo, Richard Yu also spoke about a 64-bit processor, but was soon retracted.
Huawei has already launched a smartphone that’s powered by an octa core processor, the Honor 3X. This handset doesn’t come with the company’s own silicon, but the one developed by MediaTek. We expect to see new devices based on the latest HiSilicon SOCs at the MWC 2014.