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What comes after quad-core?

What will be the next big thing in mobile processors after quad-core? Is there such a thing as penta-core?

Most Useful Answer Treab  May. 16, 2012 at 19:34

Arent all quads actually pent core processors with the fifth core running 90% of the time and the quad part only kicking in when it requires a power boost.

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AhmadCentral  May. 16, 2012 at 18:40

Yes there is such a thing.

But i think quad core will be standard for at least the next year or two. I mean at the moment there a are no quad core processors that support LTE onboard. Can't see any till Q3 this year. So like i said, quadcore is still the big thing and will be for a while.

Treab  May. 16, 2012 at 19:34

Arent all quads actually pent core processors with the fifth core running 90% of the time and the quad part only kicking in when it requires a power boost.

bigmo7  May. 16, 2012 at 19:50

I think they'll just get smaller, more powerful and more efficient (as they are doing atm). Tbh power efficiency should be their main priority!!

Pondlife  May. 16, 2012 at 20:55

Hex-core or Oct-core seems more likely than out and out penta

matt101101 / MOD  May. 16, 2012 at 21:13

Cortex A15 (most probably dual-core), with new GPUs, such as the Mali T608, will be the next step after the quad-core Cortex A9 SoCs we're seeing at the moment.

CTPAHHIK  May. 17, 2012 at 12:41

2 x Quad core

matt101101 / MOD  May. 17, 2012 at 12:48

2 x Quad core
I don't understand what you mean?

CTPAHHIK  May. 17, 2012 at 12:51

2 x Quad core
I don't understand what you mean?


Two quad core CPUs joined together.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 17, 2012 at 13:02

Were you being serious? Surely Cortex A15 chips are far more likely than two quad-core (presumably A9 due to cost) chips in one phone?

CTPAHHIK  May. 17, 2012 at 15:34

Naa, not serious. Probably will cap out on quad core design in high end and dual core in low end phones. Don't think A15 will be very popular - it's design seems to be quite advanced for low cost alternative. As high end, fast CPU it seems viable, but for anything with small factor too much battery drain.
GPU would continue to have many cores and possibly become a separate chip.

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