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ST-Ericsson Announces 2.5GHz Cortex A15 With Rogue GPU

ST-Ericsson has unveiled three new SoCs including one which will combine two ARM Cortex A15 MPcore processors clocked at 2.5GHz with the Power VR Series6 "Rogue" GPU from Imagination Technologies.

The chip, called the Nova A9600, is expected to deliver more than three times the mobile computing performance compared to the U8500 which is based on a dual core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1GHz.

The A9600 will feature what ST-Ericsson calls some very innovative power saving techniques which allows it to reach ARM's maximum suggested speed for the A15.

TI, the only other manufacturer which has revealed its A15 chip speed, managed to reach "only" 2GHz on the OMAP 5 platform, although, to its credit, there are two additional M4 processors which ST-Ericsson Doesn't offer.

As for the Rogue, it is expected to significantly outperform future competitors and its sheer performance is what convinced ST-Ericsson to move away from ARM and its Mali graphics solution.

Together, the Power VR Series 6 and the Cortex A15 will allow the A9600 to display full HD content at 120 frames per second and support "camcorder-quality recording" in full 3D. You can read more about the Rogue GPU here.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.