Industry sources shared with DigiTimes that chip designer MediaTek is gearing up to enter volume production of its 10-core ARM-based smartphone chip in Q3 2015. This new chip, named Helios X20, will reportedly be manufactured by TSMC on a 20nm process. MediaTek's 10-core chip is primarily aimed at Chinese flagship phones.
MediaTek is likely to start its marketing activities for the upcoming Helios X20 around the middle of the second quarter, the sources indicated. The solution is expected to be the world's first 10-core chip solution available, the sources said.
The MediaTek Helios X20 will come with a 2+4+4 design, delivering 40% more performance than 8-core chips, the sources noted. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has been contracted to manufacture the 10-core chips using a 20nm fabrication process, the sources said.