Last week, Chinese semiconductor company Spreadtrum, released a new mobile chipset. The Spreadtrum SC9863 is an octa-core chip made up of only Cortex-A55 cores, the first of its kind.
There are a bunch of SoCs powered by Cortex-A53 cores like the Snapdragon 430, Snapdragon 435, Snapdragon 450, Snapdragon 625, and Snapdragon 626 etc. But since the announcement of the Cortex-A55 cores, no semiconductor company has announced a SoC consisting of only A55 cores.
The SC9863 is clocked at 1.6GHz and is the first Spreadtrum chipset with support for AI applications thanks to its built-in AI processing unit. The chipset now handles AI tasks up to 6 times faster, supports real-time context detection and recognition, AR photography and video, and face recognition.
The Cortex A55 cores offer a 20% increase in performance compared to the Cortex-A53. The chipset supports 1080p playback, FHD+ displays, and also has dual ISPs that support dual cameras up to 16MP. The Spreadtrum SC9863 supports five-mode full band LTE Cat.7 and also has dual SIM dual-VoLTE and VoWiFi functionality.
There is no info on the manufacturers who have signed up to use the new chipset in their devices but with the number of smartphone manufacturers in China alone, Spreadtrum is sure of getting clients.