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The CES 2013 show floor may be crammed with smartphones, tablets, and other ARM-powered gadgets, but there's more news from the show than just the gadgets themselves. There's also a new chip that can power them – namely a new 2.5GHz part from ST-Ericsson. "Building on the architecture of our first generation NovaThor L8540 LTE …

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Quad-core, not dual-core.

Just going out on a limb here, but I hazard a random guess that a CPU cluster called "eQUAD" would have FOUR CPU cores, not two. Also their diagram shows four cores.

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Re: Quad-core, not dual-core.

You haven't read the marketing blub.

"eQuad" is a name they've given to a dual core processor where each core can be run in either a high performance or a low power mode. This is achieved by electrical biasing the transistors.

So two cores, each with two modes. Hence the "eQuad".

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Re: Quad-core, not dual-core.

Doesn't explain the marketing diagram showing four squares, or cores. Previous diagrams clearly show two cores where there are two.

On a 28nm node you might as well do all four cores. Maybe two of the cores are HP, and two are LP, and that's how it works.

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