08 Jan 2013

ST-Ericsson Launches Integrated LTE Modem & Application Processor

At the Consumer Electronics Show, ST-Ericsson announced the launch of their low-power integrated LTE smartphone platform. Designated the NovaThor L8580 ModAp, it is a multimode LTE-enabled integrated smartphone platform that includes a full connectivity suite and features an eQuad-powered application processor running at up to 2.5GHz. The NovaThor L8580 will be available to sample in Q1 2013.

"At ST-Ericsson we are focused on delivering the best experience for the smartphone users of today. With eQuad we have chosen to innovate where it most benefits the user by making real world applications run significantly faster while at the same time ensuring ultra-low power consumption for devices that run cooler and last longer," said Didier Lamouche, President and CEO of ST-Ericsson. "Building on the architecture of our first generation NovaThor L8540 LTE ModAp announced last year, we believe our new platform represents a real industry breakthrough. It combines the most advanced technologies available, including STMicroelectronics' innovative 28nm FD-SOI process, to create an unrivalled blend of unsurpassed performance with unequalled power efficiency in an advanced LTE integrated ModAp."

The NovaThor L8580 integrates an eQuad 2.5GHz processor based on ARM Cortex-A9, a powerful Imagination PowerVR(TM) SGX544 GPU running at 600Mhz and an advanced multimode LTE modem on a single 28nm FD-SOI die.

Building on the NovaThor L8540, the NovaThor L8580 highlights the advantages of FD-SOI technology combined with innovative techniques to increase performance and conserve power. For customers, the advantages of the NovaThor L8580 include:

  • CPUs that run 35% faster while GPU and multimedia accelerators run 20% faster.

  • Cooler operation when delivering high performance, consuming 25% less power than rival architectures.

  • Low power mode can deliver up to 5000 DMIPS at 0.6V - more than enough computing power for the majority of applications in everyday use. This low power mode consumes 50% less power to deliver the same performance compared with alternative solutions in bulk CMOS.

"As committed 10 months ago, ST-Ericsson is demonstrating the disruptive nature of FD-SOI technology for the mobile market. The creative combination of the key technology ingredients - FD-SOI, ultra-thin active and isolation layers and innovative double-gate vertical transistors enabling smart body biasing - delivers the response the mobile industry needs in terms of higher performance, extreme power efficiency and technology robustnesss. The results we see on our NovaThor L8580 confirm the disruptive nature of FD-SOI technology and next generations of high performance LTE platforms will be able to fully benefit from our breakthrough technology and designs," continued Lamouche.

The NovaThor L8580 supports up to ten LTE/HSPA/TD-SCDMA/GSM bands in a flexible and compact radio solution, addressing the need for a cost effective solution for widespread global adoption of LTE smartphones. The NovaThor L8580 integrates an advanced next generation multimode LTE modem with support for 3GPP Release 10 with LTE up to Category 4 (150Mbps).

The NovaThor L8580 will also deliver extraordinary multimedia performance, supporting 1080p video encoding and playback at up to 60 frames per second, 1080p 3D camcorder functionality, support for displays up to WUXGA (1920x1200) at 60 frames per second and support for cameras up to 20 megapixels.

The complete platform includes 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 wireless radio co-existence and low power consumption.

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