ARM wtih 1080p graphics
Marvell has launched a rather interesting ARM-based processor with integrated graphics and an impressive 1GHz clock.
Marvell hopes to take on the likes of Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and
even Nvidia's Tegra with the new processor. As Marvell holds an ARM
license it had a bit more freedom in designing the chip than other
players. Hence, they fiddled with the design and came up with a shorter
pipeline for faster execution.
It still uses ARMv7 instructions like ARM's Cortex A8, but it packs a
bit more punch and it can render up to 45 million polygons per second
and cope with four 1080p displays.
Marvell says the new chip is targeted at smartphones, MIDs, eBook
readers and portable media players, although we see no reason why it
shouldn't be used in smartbooks, as it supposedly packs quite a punch.