Tuesday February 28, 2017

Xiaomi Reveals 64-Bit Surge S1 Chipset, Its First-Ever SoC

Xiaomi is joining Apple, Samsung, and Huawei as one of the few manufacturers who can lay claim to having a proprietary smartphone chip. The company has introduced their first in-house chipset, the Surge S1, which incorporates four 2.2GHz cores and four 1.4GHz cores, providing a nice balance between performance and power efficiency. Xiaomi is now free to shun Qualcomm and MediaTek’s offerings for their own devices.

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The Surge S1 is an octa-core SoC with four high-performance ARM Cortex A53 cores running at 2.2 GHz and four power-efficient ARM Cortex A53 at 1.4 GHz. These are optimized with ARM’s big.LITTLE processing tech to help deliver "peak-performance capacity, higher sustained performance, and increased parallel processing performance, at significantly lower average power." The Surge S1 uses TSMC’s 28nm HPc process technology, and implements a Mali T860 GPU (said to be 40% more power efficient than the previous-gen Mali-T760), and a 32-bit DSP, supporting VoLTE and 16 kHz sampling.