Just this year, we crossed the 1 gigahertz threshold in the smartphone processor market. We know, thanks to recent reports, that several dual-core chips are being sold by manufacturers… but what is next? How about some tri-core goodness. Marvell has announced that they have a tri-core, 1.5 GHz system-on-a-chip (S0C) — designed specifically for “ultra-low-power, long battery life smartphones and tablets” — that is ready to be shipped to manufacturers in sample quantities. The new SoC, dubbed the ARMADA 628, has two 1.5 GHz processors along with a third, more power conscious, 624 MHz processor and 1 MB of L2 cache. Marvell boasts that the chips engine can handle 3D graphics and 1080p video encoding and decoding, all while driving up to four displays simultaneously; supporting display resolutions of 2048 x 2048. How’s that for some mind-bending specs? Hit the read link to read more about this sexy, new piece of silicone.