Motorola is getting into the chip space. Kind of. The company’s new Droid Mini, Ultra, and MAXX smartphones will all be powered by the new Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System.
The company is calling it an 8-core chip, but really it’s a dual-core CPU with 4 graphics cores and 2 other cores that serve specific functions.
As for those CPU cores, they’re basically the same you’d find in the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960 dual-core processor.
What makes the X8 Mobile Computing System special, though, are all the additional bits. The company says it’s chip offers 24 percent faster performance than you’d otherwise expect, and a 100 percent improvement in graphics.
It also has a dedicated “contextual computing” processor core and another for “natural language” processing.
Those features will help enable support for advanced features including the ability to control your phone without touching it simply by speaking voice commands.
via The Verge and TechCrunch
I’m glad to see them trying to do something different. Too many phones now have the same looks and specs..
well, most phone have 2 or 4 cpu core, 2 or 4 GPU core and lot of other processors (video, DSP, crypto, network…) inside, The orginial part here, is only marketing….
This is probably because some SoC maker do 8 CPU cores (like Samsung), but with 4 to 16 GPU cores and still other specialized cores. So they should rename it x24 ou x32 to compet with motorola marketing ^^. This remember me a chinese SoC maker (don’t remember which one), that said dual core, counting one CPU and one GPU, few years ago.
Are Motorola/Google licensing the Krait core (and Adreno GPU)? Or is this a custom part made for them by Qualcomm?
Custom but it is using the Qualcomm Krait CPU cores and Adreno GPU cores in the design…
I was going to point out that Motorola has a long history of making chips, but this is really Motorola Mobility isn’t it? So not entirely the same company.
old Motorolas semiconductor business operates now as Freescale
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