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MediaTek Helio X20 tri-cluster 10 core SoC

MediaTek announced their brand new flagship SoC for smartphones and tablets; the Helio X20 tri-cluster 10 core SoC.



This is the first 10 core System-on-a-Chip. The 10 processor cores are arranged in a tri-cluster orientation.

To achieve this tri-cluster design, MediaTek choose to employ a custom interconnect IP called the MediaTek Coherent System Interconnect (MCSI).

the Helio X20 uses a tri-cluster arrangement, with 3 different types of CPU cores designed to work together. There are:

  • Two 2.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A72 cores
  • Four 2 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 cores
  • Four 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 cores

MediaTek claims the chip offers about 30% lower power consumption than you’d get from a similar dual-cluster processor.

The chips should begin sampling in the second half of 2015 and you’ll probably have to wait until early 2016 untill X20 processors show up in several devices.