HiSilicon Unveils Quad-Core Cortex A9 K3V2 Processor (Hi3620)
The processor comes in two version 1.2 and 1.5 GHz and the company claims the chip delivers 30 to 50 percent more performance than existing quad-core processor including the NVidia Tegra3.
This performance boost is apparently possible thanks to a 64-bit memory bus as well as a powerful 16-core GPU (by an unnamed US chip designer) that is at least twice as fast as the competition. The current versions of the chip are manufacturer using TSMC 40 nm low power process, but the company plans to move to 28-nm technology for further power efficiency later this year.
They do not use a companion core like the NVidia Tegra 3 to save power, but instead HiSilicon designed an A.I.PS (Artificial Intelligence Power Scaling) Core in K3V2, which can manage cores CPU and GPU cores automatically by hardware.
They did not only announce the chip as they have something to show for it with the Huawei Ascend Quad D Android 4.0 smartphone using the new quad-core 1.5 GHz K3V2 processor. The Ascend D Quad also features a 4.5″ HD screen, 8MP BSI camera, Dolby surround audio and 1800/2500mAh battery with 30% power saving technology.
You can watch the original promotion video for the Ascend D smartphone below.
I could not find further technical information about the processor. The Huawei Ascend D quad smartphone will be available in Q2 2012. You can find some preliminary specs on phonearena.com.