Marvell is looking to make an impact on the smartphone SoC (system on a chip) market by announcing its new 64 bit SoC.
In a market that has largely been dominated by Qualcomm with fierce competition from Samsung and Mediatek, Marvell has an uphill task in getting themselves noticed. Thus, they need to have a bold plan and that plan is being realized through the 64-bit ARMADA Mobile PXA1936 SoC. It is a octa-core SoC of ARM Cortex A53 design, clocking in at 1.5GHz. Marvell has essentially built the PXA1936 based on their quad-core PXA1928 released this year and added some muscle to it.
Marvell’s new SoC will support a 1080p display along with built-in video encoding and decoding. Power efficiency was given some consideration with the inclusion of an energy efficient audio codec and other power saving features. Being a 64-bit processor, it will of course support future 64-bit Android apps. A key feature of the PXA1936 is that it has a modem that can support the 5 different types of wireless communication. Thes 4G LTE modem supports TD-LTE, FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA and GSM. This allows the SoC to be competitive with other integrated modem SoC’s such as those from Qualcomm and Mediatek.
By assessing the specifications of Marvell’s PXA1936, it is on par with most of the high-end 64-bit SoC’s today, similar to the performance level of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615. However, the PXA1936 is expected to release in 2015, which means it may not be up to standards for the year’s performance expectations. For one, Qualcomm is raising the bar a lot higher with its new Cortex-A57 powered Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoC’s. No doubt Samsung will be coming up with a new iteration of their Exynos processors and Mediatek will have something up their sleeve as well.
It looks like Marvell is once again facing the prospect of fading into obscurity come 2015.
Source: Android Authority