Chip maker Marvell is getting ready to launch its first 64-bit mobile processor. The Marvell Armada Mobile PXA1928 is based on a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 design, and it’s expected to hit the streets this year.
Marvell will begin offering customer samples in March.
The PXA1928 features Vivante GC5000 graphics with support for 1080p displays as well as 1080p HD video encoding and playback.
Marvell says the 1.5 GHz quad-core processor will support Android or Linux software. The chip supports 2G, 3G, and 4G networks and supports HSPA+ and LTE mobile broadband. It also features support for 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio, and NFC.
While Marvell’s chips are more commonly fond in tablets and TV boxes these days than smartphones, this new chip seems like it could be well positioned to compete with upcoming ARMv8 mobile chips from rivals MediaTek, Allwinner, and even Qualcomm.