Renesas Mobile today announced the MP6530, its latest generation communication processor platform for LTE smartphones.
The MP6530 extends the Renesas Mobile portfolio for mid- to high-end handsets priced between $200 and $400 by integrating a high-performance, up to 2GHz, applications processor with a LTE Cat-4 modem on a single die. Based on ARM big.LITTLE technology, the processor combines high performance and power efficiency to extend device battery life.
Samples of the MP6530 platform will be available to Tier 1 OEMs in early 2013.
big.LITTLE connects the high performance of the ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processor with the energy efficiency of the Cortex-A7 processor, to enable application software to switch seamlessly between them. The Cortex-A15 processors can be used for compute-intensive applications, such as console-like gaming, fast page rendering and downloads while browsing, and media editing and processing. The Cortex-A7 processors take over to most efficiently process the majority of smartphone workloads and background tasks such as social media and email syncs, audio or video playback and other always-on, always-connected tasks.
The MP6530 platform (shown in figure delow) represents a massive performance increase over Renesas Mobile's mid-tier MP5232 platform, to support more highly complex applications. GPU performance has been increased by 300 percent to support gaming, 2D and 3D interfaces and screens. It also drives full high-definition (HD) simultaneous 1080p video encoding and decoding. Renesas Mobile has also increased the memory performance 300 percent to enable new multimedia use cases and features such as full HD external display support and full HD over WiFi. In addition, the platform's imaging capabilities can deliver features that allow a smartphone to replace a digital still camera, with support for high-megapixel, on-the-fly imaging support, real-time face detection, image stabilization and noise filtering.
The MP6530 inherits the Cat-4 LTE modem used in the Renesas Mobile MP5232 platform. This provides the industry's highest throughput and low-power multi-mode FDD and TD-LTE Cat-4 capabilities.