A leaked product roadmap from Samsung has confirmed up-coming quad-core processors designed to bring a significant performance boost to mobile devices.
The roadmap document, which was leaked to Notebook Italia
and picked up to EETimes.com
, was created in November 2009 and demonstrates the company's planned netbook output for the next few years.
While there aren't very many surprises from Samsung's perspective, the document provides a fascinating insight into Samsung's plans to produce its own ARM-based processors - including an up-coming quad-core chip that might finally close the performance gap between netbooks and notebooks.
The first chip listed in the roadmap is the Orion, an 800MHz dual-core processor based on the ARM Cortex-A9 series and due for mass production at start of next year. This will be followed up by a single-core 1GHz version dubbed Pegasus, expected at the end of next year.
If you're still after more speed, Hercules - a dual-core version of Pegasus clocked at 1GHz - is listed as being due at the start of 2012, to be followed up by the dual-core 1.2GHz Draco processor towards the end of 2012 or the start of 2013.
Samsung is also looking to keep things ticking over at the ultra-low power end of the spectrum two, with a pair of new chips for maximum battery life due some time later this year: the Mercury single-core and Venus dual-core, both based around the ARM Cortex-A5 and clocked at 600MHz.
However, the most interesting part listed in the document has been saved for last: the Aquila quad-core. Again based around ARM's Cortex-A9 series, the Aquila will feature four physical processing cores running at 1.2GHz while retaining a low power draw for maximum battery life. Sadly, it's not due to hit mass production until 2012 - or possibly even 2013.
The new chips represent Samsung's desire to move away from a Wintel - Windows OS on Intel chips - platform for its netbooks and towards a future where its ultra-portables run Ubuntu and Chrome on Samsung's own processors.
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