Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The dual-core revolution

On my previous post "The new generation of smartphones" I introduced the concept of the a new breed of processors that will be used in future mobile phones. These processors are the dual-core processors that are going to be introduced into our mobile phones.

Samsung and NVIDIA are both releasing dual core processors that are clocked at 1GHz. There is also a company called ST-Ericsson that is releasing a 1.2GHz Dual-core processor. These processors are likely to be released and used on most future phones. The integration of these new processors will effectively allow companies to produce phones or tablets that are far more powerful than the tablets and the phones we have today.


These new chips will be able to support better graphics and perhaps be able to introduce 3D to mobile phones. Along with better graphics, these chips will allow us to play 1080p video from our phones and record HD content at 30fps. As these new chips are far more powerful and are most likely to have HDMI support, they will of course be able to support multiple displays. Soon the capabilty of taking a 20Mp still photo will be  possible on your mobile (though I am not sure who would want to do that).

We already have phones that have incredible cameras, screens and can do some things such as surfing the web as well as our computers and cameras, but being able to do so with a more powerful processor will unlock a huge amount of features to the phones that might mean phones or tablets start to replace our computers at home. (Unless you are a hardcore gamer and then you would laugh at having a dual core processor that is clocked at 1 GHz.)

Some people argue that the processors will be far to energy consuming and that having a dual-core processor on your phone or tablet could reduce the battery life drastically and make mobile phone less portable as they will not have the battery life that we all now demand in our every day life.

There have been no confirmed OS' to be running off of these processors, but Android and the new Windows Phone 7 seem to be likely candidates as they will be able to utilise the full potential of these processors. LG and Samsung seem to be the only two companies that have announced their involvement with this new line of processor.

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