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NovaThor is no more as STMicro and Ericsson end joint venture

19 March, 2013 | Read the news | Post your comment
NovaThor is no more as STMicro and Ericsson end joint venture - read the full textYesterday, STMicroelectronics and Ericsson - creators of the NovaThor line of mobile processors - announced the end of their largely unprofitable mobile chip-making venture. The two manufacturers will divvy up the company back into their respective parts. The split follows years of operating...


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Doesn't matter, lost another "cheap" but powerful chip maker. Said that, U8500 was a technological marvel, nothing less, dual core, a GPU more than sufficient for its price range; all gone.

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  • 2013-03-20 18:06
  • uuhs

I hope Jolla can find another chipset partner.:(

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  • 2013-03-20 16:45
  • uSRU

they should release the source code for U8500. Too bad devices running on it especially xperia p/u/go/sola havent got a working 4.1 rom yet.

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  • 2013-03-20 13:57
  • 7q9L

Does that mean the production of Galaxy S3 Mini will end soon? I hope not...

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  • 2013-03-20 12:12
  • 3q{E

stmicro keep making products to stericsson customer as long as they needed them

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  • 2013-03-20 05:08
  • thaH

omg. so there will be no 3ghz by st ericsson?

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  • 2013-03-20 04:10
  • YRfB

pity, because novathor 9500 was supposed to be the only chip to bring imagination power vr 6 series graphics (rogue) to android (it's not sure whether Samsung would use it or mali 6 - so maybe apple would be the only one to use it at a large scale)

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  • 2013-03-19 23:58
  • ssEm

> In reply to Thephonegeek @ 2013-03-19 16:38 from uNVL - click to readSo what? More clock speed doesn't always translate to speed. See how dual-core u8500 perform on par (if not worse) with single-core Snapdragons?

I feel sorry for those who lost their jobs, but when it comes to the industry, nothing of value has been lost.

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  • 2013-03-19 22:12
  • LE1F

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-03-19 17:59 from n95b - click to readI think there is a hint there as to why they were heading to bankruptcy.. just sayin'.

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  • 2013-03-19 19:29
  • N$iZ

that what u get when you buy a sony like xperia go

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  • 2013-03-19 18:43
  • uECk

Survival of the fittest. Novathor chips really didn't create a cause for concern for the big names at all.

This in return may end up giving its competitors a longer shelf life to be used in lesser models in the future.

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  • 2013-03-19 18:13
  • nxX0

Novathor chips were,efficient and cheap...c'mon who gives you dc phone at 150 EUR?

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  • 2013-03-19 17:59
  • n95b

> In reply to Sbdevilmind @ 2013-03-19 17:34 from t1$A - click to readwhat about galaxy s advance....

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  • 2013-03-19 17:44
  • ut{5

The only device with proper implementation of Novathor u8500 is Xperia P.....

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  • 2013-03-19 17:34
  • t1$A

Xperia Novathor devices cant taste Jellybean

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  • 2013-03-19 17:06
  • P%uZ

Their u8500 chip in Sony Xperia u sucks anyway

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  • 2013-03-19 16:49
  • rq9D

Novathor chips are pretty amazing considering one of them clocks at a whopping 3ghz but sadly they didn't get enough support.

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  • 2013-03-19 16:38
  • uNVL

No surprise, it's highly anticipated. It's now just Ericsson. STMicro was drowning that's why Ericsson didn't buy STMicro's share of the joint venture.

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  • 2013-03-19 16:24
  • 61Et

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