MediaTek wants to challenge companies like Qualcomm on the high-end with the announcement of the 10-core Helio X20.
The new 10-core processor from MediaTek has been designed so that the cores are arranged in three groups, or "clusters," which the company claims will allow the Helio X20 to handle different tasks more efficiently. Here's a breakdown of this new chip design:
The Tri-Cluster CPU consists of one cluster of two ARM Cortex-A72 cores (running at 2.5GHz for extreme performance) and two clusters of four ARM Cortex-A53 cores (one running at 2.0GHz for medium loads and one running at 1.4GHz for light activities). Much like adding gears to vehicles, dividing the cores into three clusters provides a more efficient allocation of tasks for optimum performance and extended battery life.
The Helio X20 works in tandem with a new computing scheduling algorithm that tells the cores which tasks to perform while also managing the processor's power and heat output. The company says this allows the Helio X20 to reduce its power use by up to 30 percent compared to standard mobile processors.
MediaTek will begin sampling the new Helio X20 sometime in the third quarter of 2015, and it expects the processor to be inside consumer devices by the end of the year.