Samsung announces 8-core Exynos 5 Octa SoC with ARM’s new big.LITTLE processor technology



Samsung is not just paving only the way for the future but also giving us a glimpse of what to expect in a few months with the introduction of their next GALAXY series, Samsung isn;t done yet with CES2013, the electronic giant unveiled its latest addition to their Exynos SoC lineup. – Meet the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, a beast with 8 Cores!

It’s not only a completely new SoC but also promises up to 70% lower power consumption compared to the Exynos 5 Dual, which is powering the Google Nexus 10 tablet and the latest Chromebook by Samsung. The latter makes use of ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture, i.e a combination of four Cortex-A15 processors to cope with graphic-heavy processing, and another four cores of Cortex-A7 processors to handle the basic computing activities! (in this implementation). That ensures maximum performance without having to deal with terrible battery life.

Samsung says it provides twice the 3D performance of any previous mobile processor, including the company’s Exynos 4 Quad, that leads to the conclusion that they ended up using on the very latest MALI graphics such as the Mali-T628 or simply a higher clocked Mali-T604/T624, in any case the performance of such GPUs shall be unmatched. The core clock speeds are very likely to be the 1.7-2.0GHz range.

The Exynos 5 Octa is targeted at high-end smartphones and tablets, and the architecture also promises energy savings and longer battery life to go with the better multitasking and heavy-duty processing, the Samsung executive added.

“We have leaped from 90-nanometer (nm) to 28nm manufacturing in five generations, and we are looking to go even lower to 20nm, 14nm and even 10nm in the future,” Woo promised.

We currently have no information about the devices which will use this new SoC or anything about clock speeds, the GPU or anything technical at the moment but this revolutionary SoC will surely be used in the next flagship devices, the Galaxy SIV & Note III

via The Verge