Video: ST Ericsson U8500 1.2GHz Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 with MeeGo Phone OS
A couple of days ago MyNokiaBlog.com reader, Marcin, mentioned the ST Ericsson U8500 for MeeGo
“ST-Ericsson U8500 Linaro and MeeGo 11.30 -12.10, November 16th, 2010 MeeGo Convergence Dublin:D”
Above is a video by Charbax fromarmdevices.net/ showing a reference design for U8500 with MeeGo on it (cheers to @Cambo078 for the find), which would apparently be suitable for tablets as well as phone. Products with U8500 expected first half of next year (Max Before July 2011). Would the Nokia N9 be one of them?
Another video below shares more info about the U8500 – this was shot back in February also by Charbax where the reference design devices had only Android and Symbian. U8500 is apparently up to 1.2GHz (Dual Core) with ARM Mali 400 GPU.
Check out the 720p 3D game rendering. Also look at that 1080p playback on Symbian.
It’s worth noting that Nokia MeeGo phones may also use Intel chips in future – but at the moment, ARM is the better choice for the first Nokia MeeGo phone (If I recall correctly).
What does the U8500 feature?
The U8500 is the first mobile platform with full High-Definition 1080 progressive-scan camcorder capabilities. With its combination of a dual-core SMP processor and a high-end 3D graphics accelerator, the U8500 enables a full web-browsing experience for next-generation smartphones.
- Full HD 1080p camcorder, multiple codecs supported
(H264 HP, VC-1, MPEG-4)
- High-resolution, touchscreen display support up to XGA (1024*768)
- Simultaneous dual display support
- High performance 3D graphics, support for
OpenVG 1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0
- Dual camera support with Integrated ISP 18 Mpixel and 5 Mpixel
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS enabled platform
- Built-in USB 2.0, HDMI out
- Support for multiple operating systems, Symbian, Android
and Linux-based platforms
- Optional support for mobile TV standards
- Highly efficient, low-power ARM dual Cortex™- A9 processor
- Dual multimedia DSP for low-power, flexible media processing
- High-bandwidth LP-DDR2 interface
- ARM Mali™ 400 GPU and NEON®CPU extensions
- State-of-the-art HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) Release 7 modem
- Unique audio architecture with a wide range of audio codecs supported
- Advanced power saving architecture enabling class-leading audio and video playback times
More ARM stuff
Whilst we’re on the topic of ARM Cortex A9 let’s check out how:
NVidia Tegra2 ARM Cortex A9 shows that a dual core performs up to 50% faster in rendering pages compared with ARM Cortex A9 with one of the cores disabled.
Here’s the Mali 400 GPU in action (but on the Samsung Orion ARM Cortex A9)
Finally from Nufront, their ARM Cortex A9 can run at 2GHz for Laptop and Desktop usage. There’s a fan going on with this one to cool down the chip. They say in the production you won’t need that (I think that’s what they said). This one powers Ubuntu 10.10 and Quake 3.