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A few years ago, who would have thought that phones would one day be running chips with PC-quality oomph? Today one such platform was announced when STEricsson, a joint venture of Ericsson and ST Microelectronics, released the U8500.

A few years ago, who would have thought that phones would one day be running chips with PC-quality oomph? Today one such platform was announced when STEricsson, a joint venture of Ericsson and ST Microelectronics, released the U8500. It’s powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, with each processor core running at 1.2 GHz. A demo, currently being showed off at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, is utilizing Google’s Android OS to show off its various capabilities. The new platform gives us a chance to peek into what awaits the Android ecosystem and what kind of Android phones we should expect over next few months.

First of all, we should assume that the raw processing power is only going to enhance Android’s performance. The 45 nm manufacturing process ensures that the chip is small enough to help build more powerful, yet slimmer, touchscreen devices. The U8500 supports a full 1080p HD camcorder, a 20-Megapixel still camera, advanced 3-D graphics as well as multichannel home theater-quality audio. The platform also has built-in support for HDMI-out. More importantly, it features very low power consumption. For instance, the new platform has 120 hours of audio playback or 12 hours of full HD video playback on one battery charge when equipped with a standard 1,000mAH battery.

  1. wow thats amazing…really good cpu + amazing battery life … ……I wonder if these cpu represent premium smart phones or will become common …any idea devices base on a9 cost ..is it same in nexus one or different ?

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    1. If I had to guess, I think this is the first step towards all phones being smart phones. It is becoming pretty obvious — and these kind of chips are only going to accelerate the change.

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      1. if we could only somehow attach full size keyboard and monitor to it ……who needs the computer than !!

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  2. Boulder Dam! That’s impressive, especially considering it’s in a phone.

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  3. It’s this kind of power from the ARM camp that marks the writing on the wall for mobile CPUs. There is simply no reason anyone will switch to Intel x86 Atom CPUs for performance – as Om states, all phones will have the power of smart phones in a very shirt time. Wrote more about this here:
    http://stevecheney.posterous.com/why-mobile-will-sink-intel-with-microsoft

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  4. The smartphone is the computer!

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  5. When is the U8500 available? the new Apple chip (A4) is also an ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore with a ARM Mali 50-series GPU, and a memory controller all on one die. the A4 is estimated to run at or above 1GHz, has a multicore architecture (as all A9′s do) and will be available in a $499 product by summer. got to love a company that rolls their own…

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