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2GHz Dual Core Cortex-A9 Targets Tablets

2GHz Dual Core Cortex-A9 Targets Tablets

Nufront's 40nm NuSmart 2816 (Fig. 1) is based on Arm's latest Cortex-A9 MPCore The dual core NuSmart 2816 runs at 2GHz and targets thin laptops and netbooks as well as tablets. The designers utilized multi-layer hybrid interconnect technology along with fine grain clock gating to reduce power requirements. The chip uses less than 2W when running at 1.6 GHz.


The chip also incorporates multicore 2D/3D graphics processors with a 1080p multi-format video engine. The engine handles a range of formats include H.264, H.263, MPEG-2/4, and RMVB. It supports Arm's NEON architecture and it can deliver 800M pixel/s and 45M triangles/s. The 64-bit memory controller can handle DDR2 and DDR3-10666 memory. The NuSmart 2816 has a range of peripherals including 1 Gbit Ethernet, SATA 2, SPI, I2C, and four USB 2.0 ports. The I2S supports SPDIF. The /SD/MMC/SDIO port handles SD 2.0, SDIO 1.1 and MMC 4.2 devices. The NuSmart comes in a 23mm by 23mm, flip-chip BGA package.


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