MediaTek plans to launch a new 8-core chip in Q4, which will be designed to run
all all eight cores simultaneously. The chip has been designed to power
Smartphones and tablets.
octo-core processors can only switch between using four cores at a time. For
example, Samsung's Exynos 5410 is actually two quad-core chips packed together
and was used in some versions of its Galaxy S4 smartphone. One set of quad-core
chips is designed for high-performance tasks, while the other is made to handle
less intensive processes. But only four of the cores can be active at one time.
MediaTek claims that its own octo-core chip can run each core independently,
helping it to reduce excessive battery use while improving performance.
The chip will be also able to allocate individual browser tabs to CPU cores,
delegate user inputs to individual cores and render 3D effects more smoothly, as
well be efficient during video playback.