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Samsung details Exynos 5 Cortex-A15 system-on-chip

Samsung details Exynos 5 Cortex-A15 system-on-chip

Samsung's latest Exynos ARM processor boasts dual 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 cores, Mali T-604 graphics and support for WQXGA displays.

Samsung's semiconductor arm has revealed the first details regarding its upcoming Exynos 5 system-on-chip design, destined for future tablets and smartphones.

Replacing the ARM Cortex-A9 core design used in previous-generation Exynos processors - as found in the Samsung Galaxy S II and S III smartphones - with ARM's Cortex-A15 'Eagle' IP, the Exynos 5 promises to be one of the fastest ARM-based processors to be found in a consumer device. Improvements made by ARM's army of designers mean that the Cortex-A15's performance is significantly improved: official figures put the chip's integer performance at around 1.5 times that of the Cortex-A9, while floating-point performance is doubled.

Samsung's implementation in the Exynos 5 packs two 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 cores on a system-on-chip design with a two-port 800MHz LPDDR3 memory controller with 12.8GB/s bandwidth, a quad-core Mali-T604 graphics processor with support for OpenGL ES and OpenCL Full Profile, and a display subsystem suitable for WQXGA 2,560×1,600 displays.

That latter, it should be pointed out, points to Samsung's plans for a tablet designed to compete head-to-head with Apple's new iPad and its 2,048×1,536 'retina' display.

In addition to support for high-resolution display types, the Exynos 5 promises 1080p video playback at 60 frames per second with full support for wireless displays and 3D stereoscopic videos. If that wasn't enough, the image processor portion can capture pictures and video from an eight megapixel sensor at 30 frames per second and features hardware post-processing units including 3D noise reduction, image stabilisation and optical distortion compensation, along with a claimed zero shutter lag.

Finally, physical layer transcievers are included in the design for USB 3.0 - in both host and device mode - SATA 3 and inter-integrated circuit (I2C) communication across eight channels for talking to any sensors manufacturers may want to add to the device. Power saving functionality is also a major feature, with Panel Self Refresh (PRS) technology promising to boost battery life by reducing the power draw of the connected display.

In short: despite its dual-core nature at a time when other manufacturers are opting for quad-core - or, in Nvidia's case, sort-of-five-core - the Exynos 5 sounds like an exciting piece of hardware, and promises a new raft of ultra-powerful tablets in the not-too-distant future.

Pricing, sadly, was not on Samsung's agenda for the announcement.

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ZeDestructor 10th August 2012, 11:34 Quote
Source?
Gareth Halfacree 10th August 2012, 12:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by ZeDestructor
Source?
Eh? Samsung's the source - it says so in the article.
chrismarkham1982 10th August 2012, 12:31 Quote
Yeah, does help to read the article first...

Looks interesting, hopefully we'll get to see a phone or tablet running this very soon.
Guinevere 10th August 2012, 17:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Eh? Samsung's the source - it says so in the article.

I think he's asking for "The Source" not "Name of the source". It's 2012 and customary to provide link-backs to the source material.
Action_Parsnip 10th August 2012, 17:45 Quote
And Atom is now rightfully shite once more.

Action 'Balance is Restored' Parsnip
Elton 10th August 2012, 18:41 Quote
Given that Krait's natively Dual Core as well, it doesn't seem that quad cores are helping much if at all. Given that most if not all of it is still software reliant, IPC via cores is still possible. The question now is what will Nvidia do as an answer to these?
Gareth Halfacree 10th August 2012, 19:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
I think he's asking for "The Source" not "Name of the source". It's 2012 and customary to provide link-backs to the source material.
Not when "the source" is a press release received via email, it isn't.
Guinevere 10th August 2012, 23:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guinevere
I think he's asking for "The Source" not "Name of the source". It's 2012 and customary to provide link-backs to the source material.
Not when "the source" is a press release received via email, it isn't.

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/Exynos/products5dual.html

Or

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/Exynos/blog_Enjoy_the_Ultimate_WQXGA_Solution_with_Exynos_5Dual.html

With lots of info in the white paper:

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/Exynos/data/Enjoy_the_Ultimate_WQXGA_Solution_with_Exynos_5_Dual_WP.pdf

Of course providing these links for readers to view the in uber details is purely optional as the source can be found with some googling if you skip through all the tech blogs.

My comment was purely because bit-tech didn't go into as much detail as other blogs (in this instance!) and didn't provide any links to the detail.
leexgx 10th August 2012, 23:37 Quote
i have to agree partly some links to the source is useful (linking to other blogs does not complacently count if it just repeats the same thing)

better IPC and power use and and good coding to match the hardware in use tends to be better then more cores (see windows mobile 7 example highly optimized phone os on an single core phone works perfectly fine is far more smoother then Patched up code that needs an high clocked dual core or quad core in an highly fragmented phone market (Android), most of that is due to lack of any or little GPU assist that android 4.0 and the maybe fix version maybe 4.1 android should support full GPU hardware assist)
ZeDestructor 11th August 2012, 02:28 Quote
Quote:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guinevere
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/Exynos/products5dual.html

Or

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/Exynos/blog_Enjoy_the_Ultimate_WQXGA_Solution_with_Exynos_5Dual.html

With lots of info in the white paper:

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/Exynos/data/Enjoy_the_Ultimate_WQXGA_Solution_with_Exynos_5_Dual_WP.pdf

Of course providing these links for readers to view the in uber details is purely optional as the source can be found with some googling if you skip through all the tech blogs.

My comment was purely because bit-tech didn't go into as much detail as other blogs (in this instance!) and didn't provide any links to the detail.

Thanks for finding the whitepapers. For some reason, Samsung seems to want to keep the fact that they're using the Mali T604 GPU quiet...
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Not when "the source" is a press release received via email, it isn't.

I was fishing for a link to a more detailed Samsung PR.
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