ST-Ericsson NovaThor L8580 3Ghz eQuad announced as the world’s fastest smartphone processor
ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor mobile processors are getting a lot of attention lately, thanks in no small part to the fact that major handset makers have used them in some devices (see the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini, or the Sony Xperia Go).
Just last month, ST-Ericsson announced the NovaThor L8580 2.5GHz eQuad, and now the company (a joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson) is pushing things further with a 3GHz version of it.
According to ST-Ericsson, the L8580 3GHz eQuad is “the world’s fastest smartphone processor.” Using STMicro’s 28nm FD-SOI process technology, the new platform promises to bring “a real industry breakthrough in terms of speed, power consumption and overall performance.” Naturally, the chipset supports all the latest technologies, including LTE Advanced, VoLTE, HD voice, WiFi Direct, and NFC.
“In addition to speed and multiband support, the NovaThor L8580 consumes 35% less power than rival architectures at comparable high frequencies. The L8580’s ground breaking 0.6V low power mode consumes 50% less power at 1GHz redefining the active standby experience for users of mobile devices while adding hours of battery life”, declared ST-Ericsson President Didier Lamouche.
Like most recently-announced mobile products, the ST-Ericsson NovaThor L8580 3GHz eQuad will be demoed next week at MWC 2013 in Barcelona.
ST-Ericsson did not say when the 3GHz eQuad would be commercially available, but we know the 2.5GHz version will make it into retail devices sometime later this year.
Via Press release