Marvell Releases ARMADA 628 1.5GHz Tri-core CPU Delivering Dual Stream 1080p 3D Video For Smartphones and Tablets

Written By Sam on 24 September 2010

Marvell has introduced what it claims to be “world’s first 1.5 GHz tri-core application processor”. Called Marvell ARMADA 628, the product incorporates a full System-on-a-Chip design (SoC) with three high-performance ARM-compliant CPU cores offering 1.5 GHz performance. More specifically, the tri-core design integrates two symmetric multiprocessing cores and a third core optimized for ultra low-power. The company informed that 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”. That’s not all. In addition to the tri-core CPU, there are six other processing engines to support 3D graphics, 1080p video encode/decode, ultra high fidelity audio, advanced cryptography, and digital photo data processing.

The architecture is aimed at ensuring PC-class performance and adding more power to smartphones, tablets and other mobile consumer devices. In more precise terms, the engine will enable over 10 hours of full 1080p HD video or 140 hours of music on a single charge along with 3 GHz of computational horsepower. That’s a bid to combine ultra low power with ultra high performance.

The ARMADA 628 is also designed to be the first mobile CPU to provide high-speed USB 3.0 connectivity. The ARMADA 628 is currently available for sampling to customers.

Marvell ARMADA 628 Features

  • ‘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
  • Can project images on multiple simultaneous displays (2 LCDs, 1 HDMI, and 1 advanced EPD controller)

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