updated 07:30 pm EST, Thu February 11, 2010
Marvell intros first ARMADA 600-series chip
Mobile devices chipmaker Marvell on Thursday announced the release of the ARMADA 618 chip, a new processor meant for high-end smartphones. The new chip has an integrated encoder and decoder for both capturing and playing back 1080p videos, and also supplies relatively quick 3D graphics. The part runs at 1GHz and claims the industry's fastest LP-DDR memory, which should cut down on access times.
The 618 is based on the ARM7 architecture and occupies a 12mm square footprint. Either LP-DDR1 or LP-DDR2 RAM up to 533MHz can be used, while the display controller is capable of driving up to four displays at the same time with up to a 2K by 2K resolution. The graphics engine supports DirectX, OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenVG 1.1. The chip is officially compatible with Linux, Android and Windows Mobile operating systems and is optimzied for Adobe Flash.
Marvell's future ARMADA 600-series application processors will be used for always-on products such as smartphones, e-book readers and tablets.
The chip designer will display the ARMADA 618 at its booth at the Mobile World Congress show next week.