MediaTek is expected to launch its first 8-core smartphone solution, the MT6592, in the fourth quarter of 2013. The chip will be made with a 28nm process at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to industry sources.
While officials at MediaTek are still tight-lipped about the release of the speculated 8-core CPU, sources at China-based branded handset vendors claimed that they have been informed about the specifications of the 8-core chip and are expected to receive chip samples at the end of the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter, the sources revealed.
The MT6592 will be built based on the ARM A7 architecture and is designed to have the highest computing speed of up to 2GHz. The 8-core CPU will also be a low-power consumption chip that can optimize the forthcoming performance-centric Android 5.0 OS, said the sources.