Late last year, Xiaomi has announced that it will be designing its own line of ARM application processors. At first, there was a mistranslation as the chip was said to be called the “Pinecone.” However, further clarifications and finally the official release clarified that the name is supposed to be “Surge S1.”
At the moment, Xiaomi has already released a phone that uses the said ARM SoC, the Xiaomi Mi 5c. The said chip is based on the 28nm process technology and contains a total of eight physical ARM Cortex-A53 cores. While the technology used on the chip is somewhat dated, Xiaomi still managed to get more power with its own brand of optimizations. Now, rumour has it that the company is in the process of designing the next Surge SoC, the Surge S2, and that Nokia is eyeing this one to be on its future products.
The news about Nokia’s interest on Xiaomi’s technology came from the website Xiaomi Today. The said website claims that Nokia has already signed an agreement with Xiaomi on the supply of its next application processor. Unfortunately, there are no ways of verifying whether this is true or not. Nevertheless, if this happens to be true, Nokia might benefit from Xiaomi’s Surge S2 SoC which will be based on the 16nm process technology.
To those who are unaware, the Surge S1 is an octa-core ARM SoC based on the ARM Cortex-A53 architecture. The first four cores are based on a much faster A53 cores running at 2.2GHz. Meanwhile, the other four cores are clocked slightly less than the main group of processor cores. In addition to eight physical cores, the SoC also has four cores of GPU based on the Mali T860 architecture. This GPU architecture is quite common on ARM SoCs like the HiSilicon Kirin, and MediaTek Helio line.
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