While most tablets on the market currently feature the Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC, ST-Ericsson wants to grab a bigger slice of the market with its U8500 system on chip which was launched last year.
The chip, which was released back in October 2009, was the first to come with the Mali 400 GPU; the SoC also features two Cortex-A9 cores running at 1GHz with support for XGA display, simultaneous dual display and 20-megapixel camera support.
ST-Ericsson showed us a tablet which is manufactured by Quanta, the preferred ODM partner for the likes of HP, Apple, Samsung and Sony amongst others and one of the biggest technology companies in Taiwan.
The model, which is a reference sample currently running on Android Froyo, has a front facing camera, dedicated buttons, integrated 3G, USB and HDMI connectors and a microSD card reader.
The screen is a 10.1-inch one with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. We suspect that Android Honeycomb version with a higher 1280x720 pixels display are in the pipeline.
During Mobile World Congress, ST-Ericsson and Quanta also demoed an LTE tablet, one which uses the new Nova A9500 SoC, which combines a 1.2GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9-based processor with a Thor M700 LTE modem.