Budget MediaTek big.LITTLE chip ready for mass production?


It looks like MediaTek likes big.LITTLE architecture and its benefits, as it’s preparing to release its own chip by the end of the year, at least according to industry sources.

This new "budget" chip will be called the MT8135 and will again be using Cortex A15 and A7 cores, but in a 2-by-2 rather than a 4-by-4 combination. According to the same sources, the chip will be clocked much slower than Samsung’s version, reaching only 1GHz. However, this does mean that it will be a lot less power hungry than the 1.8Ghz Cortex A15s found in the Samsung Galaxy S4, and it should still be more than powerful enough for a decent smartphone or tablet.

The MT8135 will be much cheaper to manufacture, as it uses fewer cores and won’t have to tolerate higher temperatures generated by fast clock speeds. According to MediaTek, this chip will be targeted at mid range devices, which is certainly a good thing for those looking to upgrade at a reasonable price.

We expect to see a few more big.LITTLE chips for all budgets heading our way before the end of the year, so stay alert for them!

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