Samsung shows off quad-core Exynos processor
Samsung has shown a new processor today at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference. The company’s new Exynos chip can come in dual-core or quad-core configurations with frequencies from 200 MHz to 1.5 GHz. This new chip is a 32nm part, unlike Samsung’s current cream of the crop Exynos which is manufactured using a 45nm process. The smaller footprint means more performance and less power consumption for the same clock speeds, basically.
The new Exynos comes paired with the latest version of Samsung’s own graphics chip, which has 4 pixel processors and 1 geometry engine with 128 KB L2 cache. The graphics support OpenGL ES 2.0 and can generate up to 57 MPolygons/s.
The new CPU also has support for either LPDDR2 or DDR3, which is not surprising at all considering that Samsung has announced new Low Power DDR3 memory just yesterday.
Samsung says that the new CPU can deliver up to 26% more performance overall than its current Exynos chip made in a 45nm process. It can also deliver battery life improvements of up to 50%, with a 45% power save shown in a Samsung demo for CPU tasks, and 48% for 3D calculations.
We’re assuming that these comparisons are made with a dual-core new Exynos, since the numbers wouldn’t make much sense otherwise. If so, we’re very interested to see how the quad-core part stacks up against both the currently-selling dual-core Exynos, but also Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3. Perhaps we’ll find out next week during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, when Samsung may officially announce the new Exynos. We’ll be there to bring you the news as it happens.
Anyway, it looks like we’ll all enjoy quad-core performance with more battery life in a few months when this thing hits the streets in actual shipping hardware. That can’t come soon enough, as better battery life is sorely needed in the mobile space. And since phone makers don’t seem to want to put bigger batteries in their devices, more efficient processors (and memory) may just be the answer.
Samsung has said that it has designed this new Exynos part with optimized power consumption in mind as the main priority. That’s unlike what happened with the current-gen chip which was focused on performance sometimes at the expense of battery life.
Since we’ve reached a point where more CPU performance (or more cores) is only really felt in niche scenarios, it certainly makes a lot of sense to focus on delivering that performance with minimal impact on battery life.
Via EE Times Asia