NovaThor was a platform consisting of integrated System on Chips (SoC) and modems for smartphones and tablets developed by ST-Ericsson, a 50/50 joint venture of Ericsson and STMicroelectronics established on February 3, 2009. ST-Ericsson also sold the SoCs (Nova) and the modems (Thor) separately. The application processor portion of the system was the successor of the previous Nomadik line from STMicroelectronics.
In early 2009, when development had already begun on a Nomadik SoC called STn8500, it was superseded by the NovaThor family from ST-Ericsson and renamed U8500 as the ST-NXP Wireless division was merged into the ST-Ericsson joint venture.
On November 2, 2011, Nokia announced that NovaThor SoCs will power Nokia's future Windows Phone based smartphones, making a deviation from the standard use of Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs in Windows Phones.
On February 28, 2012, ST-Ericsson announced that they would switch to fully depleted silicon on insulator (FD-SOI) transistors for upcoming products to reduce power consumption. As an example they stated that the L8540 SoC with FD-SOI transistors would consume 35% less power.
On April 23, 2012, the company announced that development of application processors (such as NovaThor) was to be moved back into STMicroelectronics.
On January 30, 2013, ST-Ericsson announced as part of its quarterly result that they had shipped 10.7 million U8500 NovaThor units in the fourth quarter of 2012.
On May 28, 2013, ST-Ericsson announced that they would sell the assets and intellectual property rights for its mobile connectivity Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) to Intel for $90 million.
On August 5, 2013, Ericsson and STMicroelectronics completed the split up of ST-Ericsson and NovaThor is since a STMicroelectronics product.
List of Nova and NovaThor SoCs
|Model Number||Semiconductor technology||CPU Instruction Set||CPU||GPU||Memory Technology||Wireless Radio Technologies||Availability||Utilizing Devices|
|NovaThor U8500||45 nm||ARMv7||1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9||ARM Mali 400 MP (single core)||LP-DDR2||HSPA||2011||Motorola XT760, HTC Desire 400 dual sim Ontim WP8500, Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, Samsung Galaxy Beam, Samsung Galaxy S Advance, Samsung Galaxy S III Mini, Samsung Galaxy XCover 2, Shanda Bambook, Sony Xperia go, Sony Xperia P, Sony Xperia Sola, Sony Xperia U, Yulong Coolpad CP7728|
|NovaThor U9500||45 nm||ARMv7||1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9||ARM Mali 400 MP||LP-DDR2||GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA+ (HSDPA 21 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s)||2011|
|Nova A9500||45 nm||ARMv7||1.2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9||ARM Mali 400 MP||LP-DDR2||None||2011||HTC Sensation Z710T (China), Lenovo LePhone S899t, Snowball|
|Nova A9540||32 nm||ARMv7||1.85 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9||PowerVR SGX 544||Dual-channel LP-DDR2||None||Cancelled|
|NovaThor L9540||32 nm||ARMv7||1.85 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9||PowerVR SGX 544||Dual-channel LP-DDR2||LTE FDD/TDD, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, EDGE (external Thor M7400 modem)||Cancelled|
|NovaThor L8540||28 nm||ARMv7||1.85 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9||PowerVR SGX 544 @ 500 MHz||Dual-channel LP-DDR2||LTE FDD/TDD, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, EDGE (integrated modem)||Cancelled|
|NovaThor L8580 (eQuad∗)||28 nm FD-SOI||ARMv7||2.5-3.0 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9||PowerVR SGX 544 @600 MHz||Dual-channel LP-DDR2||LTE FDD/TDD, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, EDGE (integrated modem)||Cancelled|
∗ With eQuad, the quad-core chip act as two performance cores or, at 0.6 V, two power-saving cores. "e" for electrical.
- Snapdragon by Qualcomm
- OMAP by Texas Instruments
- Tegra by Nvidia
- Exynos by Samsung
- Ax by Apple
- Atom by Intel
- NOVA TM - Highest performance application processors
- "Source tree for STn8500".
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- ST-Ericsson reports fourth quarter 2012 financial results
- "Ericsson and STMicroelectronics complete transaction to split up ST-Ericsson". 2013-08-05. Retrieved 2013-08-05.
- NovaThor U8500 Product Webpage; ST Ericsson.
- ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 powers new tablet from Ontim
- ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 powers new Samsung GALAXY S Advance
- ST-ERICSSON NOVATHOR MODAP POWERS NEW SAMSUNG GALAXY S III MINI
- "ST-Ericsson Continues to Expand Presence in China by Powering First Smartphone from Shanda". Stericsson.com. 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
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- NovaThor U9500 Product Webpage; ST Ericsson.
- Changing the game: ST-Ericsson Unveils NovaThor™ Family of Smartphone Platforms Combining its Most Advanced Application Processors with the Latest Generation of Modems
- Powerful New ST-Ericsson Platform makes Debut in HTC Sensation
- "Latest smartphone from Lenovo and China Mobile powered by ST-Ericsson". Stericsson.com. 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
- Snowball is a low power, low cost Single Board Computer based on the ST-Ericsson Nova A9500 processor (Dual Cortex A9 + Mali 400 GPU)
- Nova™ A9540
- "Changing the game: ST-Ericsson Unveils NovaThor™ Family of Smartphone Platforms Combining its Most Advanced Application Processors with the Latest Generation of Modems". Stericsson.com. 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
- NOVATHOR™ L9540
- NOVATHOR™ L8540
- ST-Ericsson announces new highly integrated LTE NovaThor platform
- "NOVATHOR™ L8580". Stericsson.com. Retrieved 2013-07-10.