NovaThor L8540 integrates Thor LTE technology with powerful dual-core application processor to deliver extraordinary multimedia performance
Barcelona, February 28, 2012 – ST-Ericsson, a world leader in wireless platforms and semiconductors, announced today the latest addition to its integrated smartphone and tablet platform portfolio. The NovaThor™ L8540 is an LTE/HSPA+/TD-HSPA-enabled integrated smartphone platform with the powerful application processor and modem integrated on a single die.
“By adding the new NovaThor L8540 platform to our portfolio of highly integrated smartphone and tablet solutions, the L8540 takes integration of LTE platforms to the next level,” said Marc Cetto, senior vice president of smartphone and tablet solutions for ST-Ericsson. “By integrating the powerful dual-core application processor with our industry-leading LTE multimode modem we bring further size, bill of materials and power consumption savings to our customers. Consumers of next generation smartphones powered by the NovaThor L8540 will benefit from compact, power efficient devices that deliver an amazing multimedia experience.”
The NovaThor L8540 integrates a dual-core 1.85GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, a powerful Imagination PowerVR™ SGX544 GPU running at 500Mhz and an LTE/HSPA+/TD-HSPA modem on a single 28nm die. Thanks to its ultra-low voltage operating mode the NovaThor L8540 extends battery life for typical smartphone usage by up to 30% compared to platforms in the market today.
The NovaThor L8540 will provide extraordinary multimedia performance in an integrated solution, supporting 1080p video encoding and playback at up to 60 frames per second, 1080p 3D camcorder functionality, support for displays up to WUXGA (1920x1200) at 60 frames per second and support for cameras up to 20 megapixels.
The complete platform includes pre-integrated connectivity with support for Bluetooth, GNSS (GPS+ GLONASS), FM, WLAN, WiFi Direct and NFC. With the recently released ST-Ericsson connectivity solutions, CG2905 and CW1250, the platform comes optimized for wireless radio co-existence and low power consumption.
With support for up to eight LTE/HSPA/TD-SCDMA/GSM bands in a flexible and compact radio solution, the NovaThor L8540 addresses the need for a cost effective solution for widespread global adoption of LTE multimode smartphones.
The NovaThor L9540 is being demonstrated by ST-Ericsson at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The NovaThor L8540 is scheduled to sample to customers in Q3 2012.
Note to Editors
The NovaThor family combines advanced application processing, a high speed mobile broadband modem and a full connectivity suite in a complete platform. The NovaThor L8540 builds on the NovaThor L9540 platform, which combines the Nova™ A9540 application processor and the Thor™ M7400 LTE multimode modem, and which has been sampling to lead customers since Q4 2011. The Nova A9540 is ST-Ericsson’s second generation application processor following the Nova A9500 which is in production since Q3 2011.
With an extremely high level of software and hardware compatibility between the generations, our customers will be able to quickly bring NovaThor L9540 and L8540-based devices to market.
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. The company is a leading supplier to the top handset manufacturers and generated sales of $1.7 billion in 2011. 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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