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Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa 8-Core Mobile Processor Detailed

By - Source: AandTech | B 27 comments

Chipset utilizes PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU running at 533Mhz

A new report has revealed the first alleged details of Samsung's recently-revealed 8-core mobile processor, the Exynos 5 Octa.

According to AnandTech, the chip, which is the world's first mobile processor to sport eight cores, will utilize a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU running at 533Mhz. Comparatively, Apple's A5X chip found in the iPad 3 houses a less-powerful GPU based on the PowerVR SGX 543MP4.

As for the Octa's GPU, it clocks in at 533Mhz, while Apple's A6 GPU integrated in the iPhone 5 runs at 266Mhz, with the iPad 4's A6X GPU clocking in at about 300Mhz.

Samsung is expected to make the Galaxy S4 the first device on the planet to feature a eight-core processor.

 

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    Pyree , January 16, 2013 12:34 AM
    It's 4 A7 and 4 A15 core. Using A15 for performance task and A7 for battery saving.
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    mr_tuel , January 16, 2013 1:08 AM
    Is it just me or is it redundant to state "Exynos 5 Octa 8-Core"?
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    craciunator , January 16, 2013 12:24 AM
    I can see me buying a tablet powered by one of these come next christmas time.
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    Pyree , January 16, 2013 12:27 AM
    First device on the planet to feature eight-core processor.

    I guess Android OS and apps are highly threaded then?
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    A Bad Day , January 16, 2013 12:27 AM
    Surely they must have a reason for an octo-core, or did something got miscommunicated between Samsung and the media (or Zak), or did the engineers and management though a decade too far ahead of time?
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    Pyree , January 16, 2013 12:34 AM
    It's 4 A7 and 4 A15 core. Using A15 for performance task and A7 for battery saving.
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    dragonsqrrl , January 16, 2013 12:34 AM
    A Bad DaySurely they must have a reason for an octo-core, or did something got miscommunicated between Samsung and the media (or Zak), or did the engineers and management though a decade too far ahead of time?

    It's Zak, and marketing. Just read the original article, it's more informative and less misleading:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6654/samsungs-exynos-5-octa-powered-by-powervr-sgx-544mp3-not-arms-mali

    It's a 4+4 design, 4 Cortex A15's and 4 Cortex A7's.
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    gekko668 , January 16, 2013 12:35 AM
    I guess Samsung skip the 6-cores and went straight to 8. I wonder how good is the battery life with these sucker on the next android phones
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    A Bad Day , January 16, 2013 12:42 AM
    I recall seeing a picture of a 100-core mobile processor. However, almost all of it was devoted to non-standard computing tasks. Some were meant to decode videos, others to decode audio, additional ones to do the graphic workload, and etc.
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    sean1357 , January 16, 2013 1:05 AM
    I think it's a FPGA Stratix V with low power. Can it play Crysis????
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    sean1357 , January 16, 2013 1:08 AM
    I think it is a FPGA Stratix V with low power. Can it play Crysis?
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    mr_tuel , January 16, 2013 1:08 AM
    Is it just me or is it redundant to state "Exynos 5 Octa 8-Core"?
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    A Bad Day , January 16, 2013 1:39 AM
    otacon72..lol What a waste..


    Nividia Optimus. AMD Enduro. A high power quad core and a low power quad core. Difference?
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    tomfreak , January 16, 2013 2:13 AM
    u dont call octa core unless the user can fully use all 8 cores at the same time.

    This is more like 4+4 core.
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    masterofevil22 , January 16, 2013 2:22 AM
    Honestly, I have love the Exynos SoC's since my Galaxy S II and right now I'm LOVING the GN2 with it's butter smooth all day performance. I can't f-ing wait to get my hands on this shiz..
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    glenricky , January 16, 2013 2:27 AM
    Why they have to put four cores for power saving? I think just using two cores is enough and better power saving for doing basic task IMO
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    mayankleoboy1 , January 16, 2013 2:50 AM
    Quote:
    According to AnandTech, the chip, which is the world's first mobile processor to sport eight cores, will utilize a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU running at 533Mhz. Comparatively, Apple's A5X chip found in the iPad 3 houses a less-powerful GPU based on the PowerVR SGX 543MP4.


    Read the article you linked to, you idiot. He clearly says its a 4+4 SoC.
    But 8 > 4+4, right ?
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    baka187 , January 16, 2013 3:09 AM
    how about a VIA Nano quad/octa core 64bit x86 cpu made on TSMC's 22nm process with a next gen crome grafix core with 256mb ddr and 4gb ram and 128gb's raided slc flash and an ips screen ,running 2 or more mobile os's or win 7 in a phone /tablet form factor, Intel may shi77 brixx :) 

    Via please kickstart this now i need a new dev phone for playing D3
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    Lekko , January 16, 2013 3:39 AM
    I don't understand why they went with 4+4 rather than 2+4. I think a low-power dual core would make more sense in terms of die real estate. I can't think of a situation that would require 3-4 cores of power while remaining in the lower power state. As soon as you need that 3rd core or 4th, you're probably doing something intensive, so it would switch to the high power quad anyway.

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    baka187 , January 16, 2013 3:49 AM
    LekkoI don't understand why they went with 4+4 rather than 2+4. I think a low-power dual core would make more sense in terms of die real estate. I can't think of a situation that would require 3-4 cores of power while remaining in the lower power state. As soon as you need that 3rd core or 4th, you're probably doing something intensive, so it would switch to the high power quad anyway.


    more cash would rock .i think of above like set affinity in win nt so that individual or groups of programs run solely on low powrer cores or back grounding tasks to a core
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    saturnus , January 16, 2013 4:46 AM
    LekkoI don't understand why they went with 4+4 rather than 2+4. I think a low-power dual core would make more sense in terms of die real estate. I can't think of a situation that would require 3-4 cores of power while remaining in the lower power state. As soon as you need that 3rd core or 4th, you're probably doing something intensive, so it would switch to the high power quad anyway.


    It would seem so but that would probably be extremely difficult to design as the A7 and A15 cores are built together in a module called big.LITTLE, so until ARM releases libraries that accommodate switching tasks to different core architectures we won't see those. Right now the only way to make such a set-up would be to have a 2 module big.LITTLE for 2+2, and a dual core A15 on the side of that. Personally I believe that a tri-module big.LITTLE for 3+3 would be the optimum given todays computing requirements but building hi-end phones isn't so much about optimizing from an engineering stand point as it is about bragging rights of the marketing departments.
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    halcyon , January 16, 2013 7:01 AM
    The GN2's performance is really good so it'd be neat to see the this kind of performance with even better battery life.
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