Apr 28, 2012, 09.35 AM IST | Source: Tech2.com
A breakdown of what makes a System on a Chip (SoC) and a round-up of the popular chipsets in the market
Gone are the days when a mobile phone was judged by its design. In the past, no one really cared about the speed of the interface or the number of pixels in the display, a phone was popular because of the brand and the design. Skip to the present and the mobile phone industry (tablets included) is actually competing with the PC market. Companies have always talked about how the mobile phone is like a computer in your pocket and looking at the latest trend of smartphones, that line is starting to blur. Naturally, just like any computer, the CPU is the first to go through major changes since at the end of the day, your camera, screen resolution, apps and OS can only improve if the CPU gets more powerful. Smartphones have gone from single-core to dual-core and now quad-core and it’s only going to keep increasing. With companies throwing around terms like Snapdragon, Tegra 3, Mali-400, Cortex-A9, etc., it’s a daunting task to keep up with the different CPUs and chipsets in the market, even for us! You’ve heard the terms SoC being used very often in spec sheets and reviews, so what is it? What is a SoC? SoC is short for System on a Chip, an integrated circuit that combines all the primary components of a computer into a single chip. Think of your CPU, graphics card, memory controller and other components all rolled into a single chip, that’s essentially an SoC. This way, handset manufactures can simply drop this chip in their device and reap the benefits of the chipset straight away, rather than having to implement the CPU, GPU, etc. manually. Below, we have two popular SoCs, the first being an Nvidia Tegra 3 and the second, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC.
READ MORE ON smartphone soc, types of mobile phone chipsets, understanding mobile phone chipsets, all you need to know about mobile phone chipsets, mobile CPU comparison, mobile GPU comparison, mobile SoC comparison, smartphone cpu comparison, smartphone GPU comparison, mobile phone chipset roundup, smartphone chipset roundup, mobile phone cpu roundup, what is an soc, roundup of soc, soc explained, mobile phone chipset explained, qualcomm snapdragon, Nvidia Tegra 3, TI OMAP, texas Instruments OMAP, ARM, Adreno, PowerVR, Samsung Exynos, Apple, chipset, system on a chip, Soc
ADS BY GOOGLE
video of the day
Budget 2015-16: Revive capex through savings on cheap crude says Kotak Sec