ST Ericsson U8500 1Ghz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 is shipping in a version of the HTC Sensation selling in China with an integrated CDMA modem. Now also Via Mobile is shipping the U8500 in a 4.3" capacitive HSPA+ smartphone. The price may be quite a lot lower than other high-end dual-core smartphones, to be confirmed.
Using a small modification to ICS to use software GL from Vishal Bhoj, Linaro engineer Mathieu Poirier was able to get ICS running on the Snowball board. This may be the first demonstration of Ice Cream Sandwich running on another SoC than the OMAP4?
Ericsson is one of the leaders in cellular network infrastructure, for the past 4 years they also make HSDPA, HSPA+ and now also LTE modems to embed in Tablets, Laptops and more.
Forbes reports from Carlo Bozotti, the Chief Executive of European semiconductor maker STMicroelectronics, that Nokia will use the ST-Ericsson U8500 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with Mali-400 in at least some of its upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices to be released as soon as Nokia and Microsoft are able to make them ready. Here's a video I filmed with ST-Ericsson showing this processor platform:
The move marks a major shift for Windows Phone devices, which up to now have used chips from wireless technology giant Qualcomm. Even the HTC Trophy, which Verizon Wireless announced today — making it the latest Windows Phone to launch in the U.S. — has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
The uniformity is the result of Microsoft’s precise design guidelines for Windows Phone manufacturers. In the run-up to its big Windows Phone launch in the fall of 2010, Microsoft asked handset makers including HTC, LG, Samsung and Dell to utilize the same chipsets, display size and number of camera megapixels to give users a consistent experience across devices.
Earlier this year, however, Microsoft indicated it planned to open up Windows Phone development to other chipmakers. It now appears that ST-Ericsson, a joint venture between Geneva-based STMicroelectronics and Swedish telecom equipment and services supplier Ericsson, has been admitted to the Windows Phone ecosystem.
Another crazy rumor from Eldar Murtazin (who has been right before..) has been suggesting that Microsoft may be in talks to try buy Nokia's Mobile Phone business flat out, probably for a bunch of tens of billions of dollars. Can you believe that?
My opinion is that Microsoft knows the ARM Powered mobile device space is where the future of technology is at, so short of yet releasing a Windroid fork of Linux based Android (that could launch Bing, own apps store etc..), Microsoft is probably going to do everything that they can to try to remain relevant in the smartphone and tablet space. Even if that might mean a $40 Billion buy-out of Nokia. Should the Finnish Nokia owners sell out to Redmond?
- Nokia Windows Phone 8 powered by ST-Ericsson dual-core chip (slashgear.com)
- Nokia building Windows Phones with dual-core ST-Ericsson chips (winrumors.com)
- Nokia To Use ST-Ericsson Chips For Windows Phone 8 Handsets (blogs.forbes.com)
- Nokia's Windows Phones will feature dual-core ST-Ericsson U8500, says STMicroelectronics chief (engadget.com)
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Featuring ST-Ericsson existing and upcoming range of LTE solutions including ThorM7400, the industry’s first two chip LTE/HSPA+ modem.
This video features ST-Ericsson's second generation 21mbitps HSPA+ solution, used in the Samsung Galaxy 4G smartphone on T-Mobile. This kind of bandwidth can be used for high quality video streaming, and many other applications. ST-Ericsson is also launching the new 84mbitps Thor HSPA+ modem.
ST-Ericsson shows their new Nova ARM Processors and Thor modems, and combined they are the NovaThor. Those include the new ARM Cortex-A9 Single-core U4500 and Dual-core U8500 and the HSDPA+ and LTE modem solutions and they are even announcing their ARM Cortex-A15 solution. This video also includes some talk about where ST-Ericsson comes from and where the company is going.
The funky official video:
The 468Mhz ST-Ericsson U6715 ARM9 processor includes current support for Android 2.1, to be upgradable to Android 2.2 in around a month, they use tricks like a Virtualization layers on top of Android to speed some things up for the user experience on this low end hardware. Yet, the experience is very impressive considering the potential $100 unlocked retail price for these Android smartphone devices such as the K-Touch W606, Acer beTouch E130, Coolpad W711 and the GHT Maestro, they can all include 3G support and good battery runtime.
- ST-Ericsson U4500 to power sub-$100 ARM Cortex-A9 smartphones! (armdevices.net)