NEWS STE unveils NovaThor L8580 chipset with quad-core A9 CPU

Thursday, 10 January 2013

If you're the benchmark-obsessed geek than CES 2013 might be turning out quite exciting for you.
After Samsung unveiled its latest and greatest Exynos 5 Octa chipset, NVIDIA announced Tegra 4 and Qualcomm lifted the curtain of its newest Krait-powered Snapdragon 600 and 800 series SoCs, it's now ST-Ericsson's turn to stand in the spotlight. The company just announced its latest NovaThor chipset - the L8580.
It comes with a low-power eQuad processor with four Cortext-A9 cores, clocked at up to 2.5 GHz, the PowerVR SGS544 GPU and the ability to go low-power and run at 0.6V.
The NovaThor L8580 can deal with 1080p video and support display resolutions of up to 1920 x 1200 pixels. 20MP primary cameras and 5 MP secondary ones are allowed too and there's built-in LTE HSPA+, TD-SCDMA and EDGE radios. 3D reproduction and capture is also on board if that's your thing.


  • Full HD 1080p camcorder, multiple codecs supported (H264 HP, VC-1, MPEG-4)
  • 3D HD video capture and display
  • High-resolution, touchscreen display support up to WUXGA
  • Simultaneous dual display support up to dual qHD
  • High-performance 3D graphics
  • Dual camera support up to 20 Mpixel and 5 Mpixel
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GNSS (GPS+GLONASS), FM and NFC enabled platform
  • Built-in USB 2.0, HDMI out
  • Optional support for mobile TV standards


  • Radio supporting up to 10 LTE/WCDMA/GSM bands.
  • Power efficient architecture
  • Highly integrated radio solution


  • Super fast, low-power eQuad processor clocked at up to 2.5Ghz based on ARM® Cortex™- A9 processor 
  • Dual multimedia DSP for low-power, flexible media processing
  • High-bandwidth Dual LP-DDR2 interface
  • Imagination Technologies POWERVR™ SGX544 GPU
  • Unique audio architecture with a wide range of audio codecs supported
  • Advanced power saving architecture enabling class-leading audio and video playback time

The ST-Ericsson L8580 chipset should allow the creation of affordable mid-range devices with excellent processing power and good battery life. The top shelf smartphones and tablets will move on to Cortex-A15 architecture this year, but there's plenty of ground below them for the NovaThor L8580 to cover.
Source | Via


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