ST-Ericsson brings PC speeds to mobile devices: First 3Ghz smartphone prototype demo at Mobile World Congress

Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:09am EST

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  GENEVA, Feb 20 (Marketwire) -- 
L8580 is the fastest, coolest, integrated Application Processor and LTE
Advanced Modem platform based on 28nm FD-SOI process technology

    Next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ST-Ericsson, a world
leader in wireless platforms and semiconductors, will demo the
NovaThor(TM) L8580 integrated smartphone platform with a 3Ghz eQuad(TM)
application processor and a multimode LTE Advanced modem supporting
Carrier Aggregation. By demonstrating the L8580 at this speed,
ST-Ericsson is revealing the world's fastest smartphone processor and
validating the company as an innovator in the wireless market.

    "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," said Didier Lamouche, President and
CEO of ST-Ericsson. "We focused on innovation for real world use cases
and delivered a ModAp that lets applications run significantly faster -
up to 35% faster CPU while GPU and multimedia accelerators run 20%
faster. With the NovaThor L8580, ST-Ericsson is bringing speeds normally
reserved for the PC market to mobile devices."

    The initial commercial version of the NovaThor L8580 integrates an eQuad
2.5GHz processor based on ARM Cortex-A9's, a powerful Imagination
PowerVR(TM) SGX544 GPU running at 600Mhz and an advanced multimode LTE
modem supporting Carrier Aggregation on a single 28nm FD-SOI die.

    The NovaThor L8580 supports 3GPP Release 10, LTE category 4, with downlink
speeds up to 150Mbps. It supports LTE-FDD, LTE-TDD, HSPA+, GSM and
TD-SCDMA in the same chipset as well as VoLTE and HD voice. With up to 17
bands in the same device and a single radio for Carrier Aggregation the
L8580 addresses device manufacturers' needs for a simple and cost
effective solution to build global LTE smartphones with the smallest
number of manufacturing variants.

    "In addition to speed and multiband support, the NovaThor L8580 consumes
35% less power than rival architectures at comparable high frequencies.
And last but not least, the L8580's ground breaking 0.6V low power mode
consumes 50% less power at 1GHz redefining the active standby experience
for users of mobile devices while adding hours of battery life,"
continued Lamouche. "All of these factors highlight the innovation and
product differentiation that ST-Ericsson can now deliver to its

    The complete platform includes outstanding multimedia performance and
pre-integrated connectivity with support for Bluetooth(TM), GNSS (GPS+
GLONASS), FM, WLAN, WiFi Direct(TM), Miracast(TM) and NFC. With
ST-Ericsson's connectivity solutions, CG2905 and CW1260, the platform
comes optimized for wireless radio co-existence and low power consumption.

    The NovaThor L8580 is pin-to-pin and Software compatible with
ST-Ericsson's first generation NovaThor LTE multimode platform the L8540.

    The NovaThor L8580 will be demoed at Mobile World Congress in the
ST-Ericsson Public Booth in Hall 7 (#E111) and, by appointment only, in
our Private Pavilion in Hall 2 (#D90).

    About ST-Ericsson

    ST-Ericsson is a world leader in developing and delivering a complete
portfolio of innovative mobile platforms and cutting-edge wireless
semiconductor solutions across the broad spectrum of mobile technologies.
ST-Ericsson was established as a 50/50 joint venture by
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) in February
2009, with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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