Marvell floats addition to Armada

Marvell has announced a new addition to the ARMADA family of application processors – the Marvell ARMADA 618 for next generation HD-capable smartphones.

The processor competes for space in smartphones and smartbooks and the launch comes just before next week's Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona.

The ARMADA 618 offers a CPU core, integrated 1080p full-HD encode and decode, and 3D graphics, designed to fuel high-end applications, with low power requirements.

"Featuring a gigahertz CPU, 1080p full-HD video, 3D graphics, the industry's fastest LP-DDR, and optimized power for longer battery life, Marvell's ARMADA 618 application processor represents a dramatic leap forward in high-end, multimedia smartphones," said Ms. Weili Dai, co-founder and general manager of Marvell's consumer and computing business unit.

"Importantly, the ARMADA 600 scales from smartphones to eReaders to tablets without compromising either the multimedia performance or the battery life."

The ARMADA 618 is based on a Marvell-designed ARM v7 compatible CPU offering gigahertz-class performance in a 12mm x 12mm package. It offers the flexibility to use LP-DDR1 or LP-DDR2 memory up to 533 MHz, a flexible display controller capable of four simultaneous displays at up to 2K x 2K resolution, and a robust security subsystem that includes a secure execution processor.

The ARMADA 618 supports Linux, Android, Windows Mobile, and full Adobe Flash. The chip will be demonstrated at the Marvell Booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain next week.