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Top 10 innovative products of 2015

Posted: 22 Dec 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Internet of Things? IoT? battery? MCU? Knights Landing?

Apart from the series of mergers and acquisitions in the consolidating semiconductor industry, the year 2015 also saw some of the most innovative products in various fields ranging from power/alternative energy to wireless network devices and equipment.

Many companies have introduced products in preparation for the growing Internet of Things, powering machines that communicate with each other. There are also innovations in computing devices, where chips have not only become smaller but faster and more powerful as well.

EE Times Asia has rounded up some of these innovations and come up with the top 10 products that were introduced or developed in 2015.

MediaTek delivers 10-core mobile SoC

MediaTek has developed a mobile system-on-chip (SoC) that is basically an extension of ARM's big:LITTLE technology, proving differentiation can still be done in this domain.

Several weeks after the first hints of the new product were leaked, Taiwan's MediaTek formally announced the newest king of the company's product line-up. Positioned as a high-end mobile processor, the Helio X20 touts a unique architecture and the latest in ARM CPU and GPU technology.

Not to be outdone by octa-core mobile SoCs, the Helio X20 touts 10 Cortex-A CPU cores (deca-core) in a "tri-cluster" configuration plus one Cortex-M4 core typically used for microcontroller applications. The first CPU cluster contains two of the latest 64bit ARM Cortex-A72 cores with a top clock frequency of 2.5GHz, while each of the other two clusters have four low-power (but still 64bit) ARM Cortex-53 cores.

The reason for two quad-A53 clusters is that one cluster is optimised for higher performance, with a maximum frequency of 2GHz, while the other is optimised for lower-power consumption with a maximum frequency of 1.4GHz. What MediaTek has created is an extension of ARM's big:LITTLE power and performance optimisation technology.

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