MediaTek recently released its new SoC for mobile phones and tablets, the MT6595. It features eight cores with big.LITTLE ARM Cortex-A17 technology, PowerVR Rogue Series 6 GPU, H.265 UHD video, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and 4G-LTE support.
This is not the first octa-core CPU MediaTek has released. The company’s previous octa-core processor, MT6592, uses eight Cortex-A7 CPU cores running at 1.7 GHz. All eight cores operate simultaneously, especially in meeting the CPU demand of resource-heavy applications. However, only a few applications were actually heavily-threaded, hence the CPU’s true potential is not very much utilized. Furthermore, MT6592’s CPU performance in majority of everyday smartphone tasks is not very remarkable.
MediaTek made some significant changes in MT6595, the most notable of which is incorporating the big.LITTLE technology. MT6595 has four powerful ARM Cortex-A17 cores running at 2.2 GHz and another four lower-powered ARM Cortex-A7 at 1.7 GHz. With this setup, all eight cores can run in tandem via MediaTek’s own CorePilot Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) platform. When CPU demand is low, only the four Cortex-A7 cores will be running, prolonging battery life. When CPU demand is high, all eight cores can work together simultaneously, including the more powerful Cortex-A17 cores. Depending on processor demand, CorePilot can switch cores in and out individually. This feature probably makes MT6595 more advanced than Samsung’s big.LITTLE eight-core CPU, the Exynos 5.
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