MediaTek Helio X30 Chipset Announced: 10nm, Two More A73 Cores

By 06:52 Wed, 04 Aug 2021 Comments

MediaTek is pushing further into the flagship chipset market with the Helio X30. The chipset is a successor to the first deca-core (that is 10-core) chipset, the X20.

The chip will be built on a premium process - 10nm, down from X20's 20nm. Even the iPhones will have to wait until the 2017 models to reach 10nm, while current Android flagships are at 14/16nm.

The go to a more efficient process allowed MediaTek to squeeze in two extra powerful cores (the newer Cortex-A73 in this case). The X30 still uses a three island design, but now it looks like this:

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Core count Core type Clock speed

4x Cortex-A73 2.8GHz

4x Cortex-A53 2.2GHz

2x Cortex-A53 2.0GHz

This makes it similar to an Exynos 8890 in a way - four 'big' cores (A73 or Mongoose), then four 'little' ones, but this one adds an extra power saving layer with two more 'little' ones.

With X30 MediaTek is jumping to a PowerVR 7XT quad-core GPU, that's the same family of GPUs as the ones used in current iPhones and iPads. The chipset will support up to 8GB of LPDDR4, quick UFS 2.1 storage and dual-cameras up to 26MP. An LTE Cat. 12 modem will offer blazing quick speeds with three carrier aggregation.

Likely, the MediaTek X30 chipset will be fabbed by TSMC, which will also do Apple Ax and HiSilicon Kirin. They will compete with 10nm chips from Samsung fabs (both Samsung Exynos and elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 830).

Chances are we'll be seeing X30-based products next year in June/July at the earliest.




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