Xiaomi has finally joined the big chip league with the new Surge S1 chipset. Xiaomi has developed this chip in-house and worked closely with its subsidiary company Pinecone research. Xiaomi also introduced the Mi 5c with the Surge S1 chipset.
Xiaomi Surge S1 is an octa-core chipset makes use of the ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture of using four high-performance cores and four power-efficiency cores. Xiaomi’s Surge S1 utilises four ARM Cortex-A53 high-efficiency cores clocked at 2.2GHz coupled with four ARM Cortex-A53 power-efficient cores clocked at 1.4GHz. TSMC has manufactured the Surge S1 using the 28nm fabrication process.
The octa-core chipset also integrates quad-core Mali-T860 GPU for graphics. Xiaomi has also integrated 14-bit dual-core Image Signal Processor which includes light sensitivity enhancement and dual noise reduction algorithm. For top-notch voice quality, Xiaomi has added a 32-bit Digital Signal Processor that promises high-quality Voice over LTE and Video over LTE calls.
Xiaomi showed off the initial benchmark scores and boasted that the Surge S1 blows the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and MediaTek Helio P10 out of the water. However, the testing was limited only to Geekbench and GFXBench benchmarks for the mobile. Needless to say that both rival chipsets are at least two years old and Xiaomi claims of spending over 28 months planning the large scale production of this chipset.
Apart from the usual processing and GPU feats, the Surge S1 also features chip level security options. It deters any authorised access to the network services from hardware as well as software level.
Xiaomi’s Surge S1 is company’s attempt to compete with the likes of Qualcomm and MediaTek. The Surge S1 will hit the production on a large scale. However, there is no word on whether Xiaomi plans to license it out or sell chips to other phone makers.
[Source: MIUI Forums]