Dear Fellow Mi Fans!
As we all known, Xiaomi released it first inhouse developed System-on-Chip (SoC or SOC), Pinecone Surge, on the 28th Feb 2017, together with the Mi 5c (sadly, it never reached our shores, But then Always believe something good is about to happen!) Well, for details of the Pinecone Surge S1 SoC, read all about it here!
So, how much do you exactly know about SoC? How many SoC are there out there? How does it compare to each other? Let me give a short introduction & lesson.
So what is a System on a Chip (SoC / SOC )? It is an integrated circuit (IC) that integrates all components of a computer or other electronic system into a single chip. It may contain digital, analog, mixed-signal, and often radio-frequency functions—all on a single chip substrate. SoCs are very common in the mobile computing market because of their low power-consumption. It typically consists of the followings;
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A SoC consists of both the hardware, described above, and the software controlling the microcontroller, microprocessor or DSP cores, peripherals and interfaces. A design flow for a SoC aims to develop this hardware and software in parallel, in the event a bug is found, it is feedbacked and designers will re-look into the design, if it is need to be changed. SoCs can be fabricated by several technologies, including:
There are 3 type of SoC's architecture, as follows;
There are many different types of ARM-based SoC out in the market now, namely;
Now. let take a look at the performance of the various ARM-based SoC's, based on the official benchmark scores released by AnTuTu.
We can see the Qualcomm's Snapdragon SoC (e.g. SD 820/821) are among the Top 10 performance charts, and no doubts it is the preferred choice of manufacturer's flagship device. (The Mi 5, which is ranked among the Top 10 Most popular device globablly, is powered by the SD 820 SoC. While, the Mi 5s, 5s+, Note 2, MIX are powered by the SD 821 SoC.). WIth the latest Qualcomm's Snapdragon flagship (SD835), let wait to see how does the Mi 6 will perform and ranked among other devices!
So, what is your favoriate SoC?
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