Samsung Electronics is preparing to ship the world's first dual-core chip based on ARM's Cortex-A15 design, offering a dramatic boost in performance for tablet devices while cutting power consumption.
The Exynos 5 Dual is set to bring unmatched performance to mobile devices, according to Samsung, offering nearly double the performance of earlier dual-core based on the Cortex A9 technology, while power consumption is claimed to be 30 per cent lower than previous Exynos chips.
Samsung said the chip, first details of which were disclosed last year, is currently sampling to device makers now, meaning it could potentially find its way into devices before the end of 2012.
"Exynos 5 Dual is designed for high-end tablets that require multi-window operations, full multi-tasking, and fast response while running applications," Samsung said in information posted on its Exynos blog.
"Exynos 5 Dual is the first chip in the market to integrate Cortex-A15 dual core."
The 1.7GHz chip is described by Samsung as having the world's best mobile 3D graphic processor, a quad-core Mali-T604, capable of supporting WQXGA (2560×1600) graphics at up to 60fps and features an embedded Display Port (eDP) interface to drive a display panel.
Exynos 5 supports a number of memory options, including another mobile industry first in the shape of dual-port 800MHz LPDDR3 with 12.8GB/s bandwidth, Samsung said.
It also features USB 3.0 support, and interfaces for the usual selection of mobile hardware devices including camera, Wi-Fi, and cellular modem.
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