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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
ST-Ericsson Brings PC Speeds To Mobile Devices With New 3GHz Mobile Processor


Next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ST-Ericsson will demo the NovaThor L8580 integrated smartphone platform with a 3Ghz eQuad application processor and a multimode LTE Advanced modem supporting Carrier Aggregation.

"Our next-generation NovaThor platform is creating a disruption for the wireless industry by combining some of the most advanced technologies on the market, including STMicroelectronics' 28nm FD-SOI process technology, to deliver a real industry breakthrough in terms of speed, power consumption and overall performance," said Didier Lamouche, President and CEO of ST-Ericsson. "We focused on innovation on real world use cases and delivered a ModAp that lets applications run significantly faster - up to 35% faster CPU while GPU and multimedia accelerators run 20% faster. With the NovaThor L8580, ST-Ericsson is bringing speeds normally reserved for the PC market to mobile devices."

The initial commercial version of the NovaThor L8580 integrates an eQuad 2.5GHz processor based on ARM Cortex-A9?s, an Imagination PowerVR SGX544 GPU running at 600Mhz and a multimode LTE modem supporting Carrier Aggregation on a single 28nm FD-SOI die. The NovaThor L8580 supports 3GPP Release 10, LTE category 4, with downlink speeds up to 150Mbps. It supports LTE-FDD, LTE-TDD, HSPA+, GSM and TD-SCDMA in the same chipset as well as VoLTE and HD voice. With up to 17 bands in the same device and a single radio for Carrier Aggregation the L8580 addresses device manufacturers' needs for a cost effective solution to build global LTE smartphones with the smallest number of manufacturing variants.

"In addition to speed and multiband support, the NovaThor L8580 consumes 35% less power than rival architectures at comparable high frequencies. And last but not least, 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," continued Lamouche.

The complete platform includes multimedia performance and pre-integrated connectivity with support for Bluetooth, GNSS (GPS+ GLONASS), FM, WLAN, WiFi Direct, Miracast and NFC. With ST-Ericsson?s connectivity solutions, CG2905 and CW1260, the platform comes optimized for wireless radio co-existence and low power consumption.

The NovaThor L8580 is pin-to-pin and Software compatible with ST-Ericsson?s first generation NovaThor LTE multimode platform the L8540.

The NovaThor L8580 will be demoed at Mobile World Congress next week. ST-Ericsson isn't saying when it expects the NovaThor L8580 will show up on smartphones.

VoLTE and carrier aggregation are expected to be two of the big infrastructure trends at this year's Mobile World Congress. Sierra Wireless and Qualcomm are also demonstrating products that are compatible with carrier aggregation, for example.


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