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I want to know if Hisilcon Kirin 650 is a heterogenous or a homogenous processor!! (working all 8 cores or 4 by 4, not in the same time ) Please answer to my question !!

  • Did you seriously even try to Google this? I found the answer in seconds by doing nothing but googling Kirin 650 specs – acejavelin Oct 12 '16 at 22:15
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This is a Chinese review of Huawei G9 Lite, which has K650 built-in. As can be seen from the AIDA64 screenshot below, all cores are of the same arch, and are online at the same time, albeit at different freqs.

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  • Actually the K650 is heterogenous, 4 x Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and 4 x Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz using ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture. gizmochina.com/2016/04/28/looking-huawei-kirin-650-detail-specs – acejavelin Oct 13 '16 at 0:35
  • @acejavelin Sounds like I've got the definition mixed up. Does only having different freqs make it big.LITTLE? l'm confused - if only there's a definition I can see... I'll remove the conclusion for now. Doesn't affect answering what he's asking (cores online) though. – Andy Yan Oct 13 '16 at 3:18
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    "Homogeneous multi-core systems include only identical cores; heterogeneous multi-core systems have cores that are not identical (e.g. big.LITTLE have heterogeneous cores that shares the same instruction set)" - Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-core_processor – acejavelin Oct 13 '16 at 12:59
  • @acejavelin "big.LITTLE have heterogeneous cores that shares the same instruction set" - that's it, thank you. Should be a good read for OP too. – Andy Yan Oct 13 '16 at 13:54
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The Huawei Kirin 650 is built on the 16nm FinFET plus process from TSMC, which is much better than the 28nm process used by rivals such as Helio X10 and even Snapdragon 616.

As for the specs of the chip, it comes with ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture with 4 x Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and 4 x Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz.
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Homogeneous multi-core systems include only identical cores; heterogeneous multi-core systems have cores that are not identical (e.g. big.LITTLE have heterogeneous cores that shares the same instruction set)
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Therefore the answer is the Kirin 650 processor has heterogeneous cores, and would be considered a heterogeneous processor.

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