Renesas Mobile Introduces MP6530 Quad Core ARM big.LITTLE Communication Processor

Renesas Mobile has recently announced the MP6530, an LTE communication SoC that targets mid- to high-end smartphones priced between $200 and $400. MP6530 features big.LITTLE technology with 2 ARM Cortex A15 clocked up to 2GHz, and 2 Cortex A7 cores up to 1Ghz, as well as an Imagination Technology PowerVR SGX544 GPU.

Block Diagram of a Typical Smartphone based on Renesas MP6530
Block Diagram of a Typical Smartphone based on Renesas MP6530
Compared to Renesas Mobile MP5232 platform (Dual Cortex A9 + PowerVR GPU + Same TD-LTE Cat-4 Modem), GPU performance and memory performance have both been increased by 300 percent. MP6530 is manufactured using 28nm technology.

Other key features of MP6530 SoC include:

  • Dual-channel LPDDR3-standard interface with a bandwidth of 800-MB/s per channel.
  • Multimedia capabilities
    • Full HD primary display up to FHD@60Hz
    • Simultaneous HDMI/MHL external display output (1080p30)
    • Full HD WiFi Display
    • Support for simultaneous 1080p30 video encoding and decoding
    • Up to 20 MP digital SLR-like imaging support
    • On-the-fly support with real-time face detection, stabilization, noise filtering to replace digital still cameras
  • Integrated LTE Cat-4 modem
    • TD-LTE and FDD-LTE Cat-4 (150 Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink)
    • HSPA+ features such as DC-HSPA+ Cat-24 and HSUPA Cat-7 giving HSPA+ data rates of 42Mbps (DL) /11.5Mbps (UL) respectively, with global coverage.

Samples of the MP6530 platform will be available to Tier 1 OEMs in early 2013. EETimes reports that Renesas will also announce an Octo core communication processor at Mobile World Congress on February 25-28, 2013.

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