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.