ST-Ericsson brings PC speeds to mobile devices with first 3 GHz smartphone prototype

February 20, 2013 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona will demo the NovaThor™ L8580 integrated smartphone platform with a 3 GHz eQuad™ application processor and a multimode LTE Advanced modem supporting Carrier Aggregation. By demonstrating the L8580 at this speed, ST-Ericsson is revealing the world's fastest smartphone processor and validating the company as an innovator in the wireless market.

"Our next-generation NovaThor platform is creating a disruption for the wireless industry by combining some of the most advanced technologies on the market, including STMicroelectronics' 28 nm FD-SOI process technology, to deliver a real industry breakthrough in terms of speed, power consumption and overall performance," said Didier Lamouche, President and CEO of ST-Ericsson. "We focused on innovation for real world use cases and delivered a ModAp that lets applications run significantly faster - up to 35% faster CPU while GPU and multimedia accelerators run 20% faster. With the NovaThor L8580, ST-Ericsson is bringing speeds normally reserved for the PC market to mobile devices."

The initial commercial version of the NovaThor L8580 integrates an eQuad 2.5 GHz processor based on ARM Cortex-A9's, a powerful Imagination PowerVR™ SGX544 GPU running at 600 MHz and an advanced multimode LTE modem supporting Carrier Aggregation on a single 28 nm FD-SOI die.

The NovaThor L8580 supports 3GPP Release 10, LTE category 4, with downlink speeds up to 150 Mbps. It supports LTE-FDD, LTE-TDD, HSPA+, GSM and TD-SCDMA in the same chipset as well as VoLTE and HD voice. With up to 17 bands in the same device and a single radio for Carrier Aggregation the L8580 addresses device manufacturers' needs for a simple and cost effective solution to build global LTE smartphones with the smallest number of manufacturing variants.

"In addition to speed and multiband support, the NovaThor L8580 consumes 35% less power than rival architectures at comparable high frequencies. And last but not least, the L8580's ground breaking 0.6 V low power mode consumes 50% less power at 1 GHz redefining the active standby experience for users of mobile devices while adding hours of battery life," continued Lamouche.

The complete platform includes outstanding multimedia performance and pre-integrated connectivity with support for Bluetooth™, GNSS (GPS+ GLONASS), FM, WLAN, WiFi Direct™, Miracast™ and NFC. With ST-Ericsson's connectivity solutions, CG2905 and CW1260, the platform comes optimized for