Mediatek was the first chipmaker to announce a deca-core processor (with 10 cores!) Called MT6797 or Helio X20. Mediatek MT6797 big.LITTLE pushes the ARM architecture to new heights because instead of the usual two clusters of 4 core, a high-performance and more efficient, for the best granularity in terms of performance and fuel economy, now we are 3 cluster, cluster 2 quad-core ARM Cortex A53 and a dual-core Cortex A72.
The architecture heterogeneous SoC ARM big.LITTLE allowed to reach levels unimaginable in terms of performance while maintaining a low profile heat anyway. Will the new scheme dubbed big.Medium.LITTLE to repeat its success? The unknowns are many, but for the moment the best promotional spot for the new architecture comes unexpectedly from rival Qualcomm.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 818
Even the chipmaker of San Diego, in fact, is working on a 10-core SoC that will be called Snapdragon 818. Unlike Mediatek that focuses primarily on mid-market, but Qualcomm is the undisputed leader of the chip-end high and ultra-high performance and hence its prescription deca-core provides a different combination of ingredients: 4 core ARM Cortex A53 low power with a frequency of 1.2GHz, 2 core ARM Cortex A53 clocked at 1.6GHz and 4 core Cortex A72 2.0GHz high-performance but also with higher consumption.
The Soc Qualcomm Snapdragon 818 will also host an Adreno 532 GPU, memory controller LPDDR4 RAM and support for a module LTE-A cat10 external MDM9X55. The lithographic process to 20nm should maintain temperature profiles and consumption of SoC under control, although it is reasonable to expect that these new solutions big.Medium.LITTLE can reach higher temperatures under load.
Qualcomm has not yet confirmed the Snapdragon 818, and has made public some details about its future SoC Snapdragon 820 top of the range based on core owners Kryo derived from ARM v8. If Qualcomm Snapdragon 818 were to materialize it would mean that the timing for the release of the Snapdragon 820 are higher than expected and the California chipmaker should prevent some competitors like Mediatek can take advantage of waiting to nibble market share in the field of high-performance chips