NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chip isn’t the only quad-core processor designed for phones and tablets… it’s just the first to show up in products that are actually shipping. But NVIDIA may not have the market to itself much longer. Samsung is starting to show off it’s new quad-core processor.

Samsung Exynos processors

The new Samsung Exynos 4 chip has four ARM Cortex-A9 processor cores with clock speeds between 200 MHz and 1.5 GHz. The 32nm chip also has ARM Mali graphics.

Samsung started showing off the chip earlier this month and it’s expected to make an appearance at Mobile World Congress next week — although it could sitll be a while before we start to see phones or tablet designed to use the new processor.

The company is also beginning to work on its first ARM Cortex-A15 processor, the dual-core Exynos 5250 chip. That model will probably compete with the upcoming TI OMAP 5 Cortex-A15 chip and whatever next-gen products NVIDIA and Qualcomm have in the hopper.

via ZDNet and Netbook News.de

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6 replies on “Samsung shows off quad-core Exynos processor”

    1. When they announce is not when they release the product, ARM chips can take months and some even take up to 2 years from the time announced before they’re actually sold in a product.

      The Samsung Exynos 5250 is 32nm FAB that was announced back in November but they only began sampling in January.

      While most are waiting on 28nm FAB to begin to fully take advantage of the lower manufacturing costs and better power efficiency.

      Cortex A15 is suppose to be up to 40% more energy efficient than Cortex A9, or at least provides a 40% better integer processing score, but for ARM SoC it’s the total package that will ultimately determine how these new chips will compare. 

      Since we’re still waiting on some of the new GPU options that may not come till the end of the year or early next year. 

      Along with other integrated parts like Cortex A7 and similar low power cores that would be handling low power needs to make the chips more efficient for the full range of applications.

      1.  The specifications of the GPU are well known for month too, the Exynos 5250 have a Mali-T604 GPU that’s also more energy eficient than actual Mali 400 used in Exynos 4xxx. The should be produced in mass this spring.

        For the next one, the Exynos 5450, the Mali-T658 is only rumored.

      2. “When they announce is not when they release the product, ARM chips can take months and some even take up to 2 years from the time announced before they’re actually sold in a product.The Samsung Exynos 5250 is 32nm FAB that was announced back in November but they only began sampling in January.”

        Samsung is on schedule to begin mass production of the 5250 in the 2nd quarter of THIS year…..just a couple months away.

        I’m hoping the rumored 11.6 inch tablet is announced with the 5250 in it for summer retail. 2 ghz and 2560×1600 res with a Mali-T604…….are you kidding me? SOLD! WANT!

  1. Qualcomm’s Krait based A9+/A15 systems are already out in developer preview if you want to check out Anandtech.  Things are getting fascinating in the mobile space again.  Can’t wait to see the first A15s put up against ATOM.  Should make for an interesting performance comparison.  Especially if all the benchmarks are native Android ones.

    1.  Some test on Phoronix (not in the articles themselves, but in the forum/openbenchmark), show that some last year Crotex A9 (from TI or Samsung) already beat by more than 30 % Atom (and pentium M in some case) performances, even without using far more powerfull included hardware acceleration processors (for 3d, video, audio…)

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