It’s been just over a week since we saw Verizon and Motorola launch the new Droid Ultra series, powered by an unexpected source: the new X8 from Motorola itself. Nowadays, we may not view Motorola much as a company that makes processors, but it’s always had business in integrated circuits, and don’t forget that its 68K chips were at the heart of Apple’s Macintosh computers for years (not to mention a huge number of arcade machines and video came consoles). As we wait to hear the Moto X announced, Motorola is sharing a few new details as to how the X8 works.
As you’ll recall, it’s a dual-core application processor, a quad-core GPU, and a pair specialty cores, one for language processing and one for contextual computing. What does that all mean?
Motorola informs us that those two special cores aren’t just a couple full-on, regular ARM cores reserved for certain uses – instead, they’re dedicated DSPs. Here the first component of this being a “mobile computing system” rather than a chip comes to light: the DSP bits aren’t physically part of the main SoC chip package
While Motorola isn’t making with all the details just yet, we do know that at least the contextual computing DSP can be used to run more general-purpose code, which phones will take advantage of while in sleep mode to to save power. As for the main processor, it’s essentially a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro, but with custom Motorola code.
We might get even more details during tomorrow’s Moto X launch, so be sure to stop back by for the full story.