We are a stage where Smartphones are getting more powerful year-by-year and have already taken over desktop shares. All thanks to processor or system-on-chip (SoC) getting built on most complicated and powerful nanometer node as the technology. The smartphone SoC vendor MediaTek is reportedly working with TSMC to build their upcoming high-end chipset Helio X30. It is said to be using the 10nm process.
MediaTek has been a go-to processor vendor of major Chinese smartphone vendors from the past couple of years. It is cheap as compared to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and Samsung’s Exynos processors. Also, this Taiwan company has been first to release 10-core processor and now gearing up for chipset based on 10nm process.
MediaTek Helio X30 High-end SoC to use 10nm Process Technology
As per the latest reports, MediaTek is working their upcoming flagship chipset Helio X30. They have partnered with TSMC to use their 10nm process technology on this chipset. The company is also be working on higher mid-range chipset Helio X35 built atop same 10nm process. MediaTek did the same last year and partnered with Meizu to launch Helio X25 with their Pro 6 offering.
In terms of the CPU design of these chipsets, they will be featuring 10-cores yet again. Out of which, two Cortex-A73 cores with a max speed of 2.8GHz will be for heavy lifting. Four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 2.2GHz will be supporting A73 cores and rest four Cortex A35 cores with max speeds of 2GHz will be used for handling everyday tasks. The Helio X30 and Helio X35 are expected to support up to 8GB of RAM and quad-core PowerVR GPU instead of mali GPU.
These two powerful chipsets are expected to handle Google’s Daydream VR experience platform as well.
In the end and surprisingly, MediaTek will be joining hands with TSMC for their nanometer fabrication process who also works with Apple for their SoCs. Thus the clear indication of taking on its rival Qualcomm who works with Samsung for the same. The production of these chipsets will begin between the end of 2016 and early 2017.
So will start seeing devices powered by MediaTek Helio X30 and Helio X35 by the end of first quarter or beginning of the second quarter in 2017.