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ST-Ericsson to show off first ever 3GHz smartphone processor at MWC 2013

ST-Ericsson is keen on bridging the gap between PC and smartphone computing speed, and as a part of this effort the company is unveiling the first ever 3GHz smartphone processor at Mobile World Congress 2013.

The NovaThor L8580 will include an eQuad 3GHz chip based on the ARM Cortex A9 architecture, making it the world's fastest smartphone processor. In addition, it will also sport an LTE modem. To minimise the battery drain associated with such a high speed, ST-Ericsson will fab the SoC using a 28nm FD-SOI manufacturing process. ST-Ericsson claims the CPU will consume 35 per cent less power than competing architectures.

"Our next-generation NovaThor platform is creating a disruption for the wireless industry by combining some of the most advanced technologies on the market, including STMicroelectronics' 28nm FD-SOI process technology, to deliver a real industry breakthrough in terms of speed, power consumption and overall performance," Didier Lamouche, president and CEO of ST-Ericsson, said in a statement.

The company further confirmed that a prototype of the NovaThor L8580 will be on show at its booth at MWC 2013 in Barcelona next week. Stay tuned to ITProPortal for up-to-the-minute news and analysis from the show floor.