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Renesas mobile processor integrates LTE Cat-4 modem

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LTE? Cat-4 modem? big-little? communications processor? smartphone?

Renesas Mobile Corp. has introduced its latest generation communication processor platform for LTE smartphones. According to the company, the MP6530 extends the Renesas Mobile portfolio for mid- to high-end handsets priced between $200 and $400 by integrating a high-performance, up to 2GHz, applications processor with a product-proven LTE Cat-4 modem on a single die.

Based on ARM big.LITTLE technology, the processor claims to combine high performance to deliver exciting multimedia use cases and extreme power efficiency to extend device battery life.

big.LITTLE connects the high performance of the ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processor with the energy efficiency of the Cortex-A7 processor, to enable application software to switch seamlessly between them. The company also said that the Cortex-A15 processors can be used for compute-intensive applications, such as console-like gaming, fast page rendering and downloads while browsing, and media editing and processing. The Cortex-A7 processors take over to most efficiently process the majority of smartphone workloads and background tasks such as social media and email syncs, audio or video playback and other always-on, always-connected tasks.

The MP6530 platform represents a massive performance increase over Renesas Mobile's mid-tier MP5232 platform, to support more highly complex applications, indicated the company. GPU performance has been increased by 300 per cent to effortlessly deliver immersive gaming experiences, compelling 2D and 3D interfaces and screens. It also drives full HD simultaneous 1080p video encoding and decoding for action-packed videos on the go. Renesas Mobile has also increased the memory performance 300 per cent to enable new multimedia use cases and features such as full HD external display support and full HD over WiFi, allowing more people to bring mobile phone content to larger screens in their living rooms. In addition, the platform's enhanced imaging capabilities can deliver features that allow a smartphone to replace a digital still camera, with support for high-megapixel, digital SLR-like, on-the-fly imaging support, real-time face detection, image stabilisation and noise filtering.

The MP6530 inherits the maturity of the proven Cat-4 LTE modem used in the Renesas Mobile MP5232 platform. This provides the industry's highest throughput and low-power multi-mode FDD and TD-LTE Cat-4 capabilities, and OEMs can also benefit from significant development and certification efforts. This technology maturity essentially removes modem certification from customers' critical paths, reducing development costs and time to market. Existing MP5232 platform customers also benefit from a strong roadmap, new products and greater diversity.

Samples of the MP6530 platform will be available to Tier 1 OEMs in early 2013.





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