Samsung has unveiled a new Exynos 5 Octa mobile chipset using ARM technology, which it claims is 20 percent more powerful than its predecessor.
Samsung unveiled the updated Exynos 5, claiming that its four 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A15 processors and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores allow it to boast 20 percent more CPU processing power than its predecessor. Samsung claims the mobile chip will double devices' graphical prowess, while simultaneously reducing power consumption using a new image-compression solution.
The new Exynos replaces Samsung's current octa-core processor as the firm's flagship chip. The octa-core processor is the chip currently used in Samsung's flagship's Galaxy S4 smartphone, although not in all regions. Despite the popularity of the Galaxy S4 the Exynos chips are not commonly used by most tech firms, which continue to favour Nvidia Tegra and Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets.
Samsung Electronics vice president of System LSI marketing, Taehoon Kim, said the new chips' improved graphical powers will ignite interest in Exynos chips. "Demand for richer graphic experiences is growing rapidly nowadays. In order to meet that demand from both OEMs and end users we developed this processor, which enables superb graphical performance without compromising power consumption," he said.
ARM executive vice president of the Media Processing Division Pete Hutton mirrored Taehoon's sentiment, claiming the chip will offer users radically improved performance. "ARM welcomes the latest addition to the successful Exynos Octa 5 series, which uses ARM's Mali GPU solution to dramatically improve graphics performance," he said.
"ARM big.LITTLE and ARM Artisan Physical IP technologies continue to be at the heart of the Octa series and now complement the new functionality brought by ARM GPU Compute. This combination enables unprecedented capabilities in areas such as facial detection and gesture control, and brings desktop-quality editing of images and video to mobile devices."
It is currently unclear what devices the new chip will be used in, though Samsung confirmed it is being tested by a variety of customers and will enter full production in August.
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