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Marvell taps 64bit technology for smartphone SoCs

Marvell has launched an SoC featuring eight Cortex-A53 cores. Called the PXA1936 and running at 1.5GHz, the device is targeted at high performance smartphones and tablets and supports TD-LTE, FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA and GSM communications. 

"4G LTE is such a critical technology to enable mobile computing, social networking, cloud gaming and other data intensive applications that are part of our daily lives," said Weili Dai, Marvell's president. "I believe the PXA1936 delivers best in class five-mode 4G LTE connectivity and industry leading processing, security, graphics and sensor fusion capabilities." 

The device, part of Marvell's ARMADA range, includes advanced graphics and security functions, high performance image processing and sensor fusion capabilities. There is support for 1080p graphics and cameras with up to 16Mpixel. 

The company has also launched the PXA1908, a cost optimised device with four Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 1.2GHz. Aimed at the rapidly growing LTE market, there is support for cameras of up to 13Mpixel, as well as 720p graphics. 

Both devices are expected to enable developers to launch 64bit phones and tablets running the Android L operating system. 

Graham Pitcher