Samsung unveils next-gen Exynos 8890 SoC

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Samsung has announced the next iteration of its high-end Exynos SoC dubbed Exynos 8 Octa (8890) which succeeds the Exynos 7420 which powers the Galaxy S6 and Note 5 series.

The Exynos 8890 is a major departure from Samsung’s traditional SoC lineup as it’s the first Exynos chip which packs Samsung’s custom designed Exynos M1 ARM cores which made its first appearance earlier in August. The Exynos 8890 is manufactured on Samsung’s 14nm node and employ a big.LITTLE configuration. The four Exynos M1 cores are backed by four low power Cortex-A53 while ARM’s latest Mali-T880MP12 will take care of the graphics department.

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No specific details were given about peak core frequencies but we’re likely looking at a sub 2.0GHz configuration for the M1 cores. The in-house design is reportedly loosely based on the Cortex-A72 and thus sports a 11+ stage pipeline with a 3-wide out of order instruction decoder. Samsung claims that the new SoC will be roughly 10% more efficient while providing 30% more power compared to its predecessor.

Samsung’s next-gen Exynos Soc will also pack an on-die Shannon modem solution capable of supporting LTE Cat 12 (600mbps downlink) and Cat 13 (150mbps uplink). The Exynos 8 Octa has already been taped out is set to enter mass production in a few weeks, the chip will debut with the Galaxy S7 which will be unveiled in February 2016.

via Samsung Tomorrow

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