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Samsung Galaxy S4 Said to Contain Eight Cores

By - Source: EETimes | B 50 comments

Production of S3 successor's chipsets has reportedly commenced.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 could feature not two, not four, not six, but a total of eight processor cores due to an upcoming chip.

According to EETimes, the technology company is working on a new processor utilizing ARM's big.little technology. As opposed to integrating a quad-core processor with a fifth core given the job of small background processes, Samsung plans to implement two powerful quad-core chips into one smartphone.

It's said that Samsung will couple four Cortex-A15 cores with four Cortex-A7s; the chips which are more powerful will predominately be used for highly demanding tasks.

The Cortex-A7 chips, which are the lower-powered batch of the chipsets, will be utilized once the load drops, leading to the more powerful A15-powered cores being turned off; subsequently, the less battery-dependent processors will deal with daily tasks performed by the user.

Samsung is reported to have started the production of the Galaxy S4's chip, while an official announcement of the device itself is set for CES 2013 in January.

 

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  • 22 Hide
    cats_Paw , November 23, 2012 12:09 PM
    Somehow i feel the main problem of phones and tablets is the ram not the amount of cores.
  • 20 Hide
    nieur , November 23, 2012 12:09 PM
    what zak?
    consecutive 2 articles contradicting each other
  • 19 Hide
    cats_Paw , November 23, 2012 12:11 PM
    nieurwhat zak?consecutive 2 articles contradicting each other


    Zak is just trolling...


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  • 20 Hide
    nieur , November 23, 2012 12:09 PM
    what zak?
    consecutive 2 articles contradicting each other
  • 22 Hide
    cats_Paw , November 23, 2012 12:09 PM
    Somehow i feel the main problem of phones and tablets is the ram not the amount of cores.
  • 19 Hide
    cats_Paw , November 23, 2012 12:11 PM
    nieurwhat zak?consecutive 2 articles contradicting each other


    Zak is just trolling...


  • 0 Hide
    spentshells , November 23, 2012 12:30 PM
    more cores that do what? Nothing other phones with less cores already do
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    Yuka , November 23, 2012 12:48 PM
    This will be a useless overhead for many folks. Just rank up the price and copy nVidia's idea from Tegra 3.

    Stupid on Samsung's part. Instead of slamming "higher performing cores", slap the A15s and introduce better P and C states in them. I'm surprised they think this is a viable solution!

    Cheers!
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    helltag , November 23, 2012 12:54 PM
    Eh it was only a matter of time until 8 cores were put into a mobile device, but for those who lack the foresight and vision one obvious task the extra processing power can be used for is AI such as Natural Language Processing (Google voice / siri).

    Or what, did you think 4 cores would be enough for everybody?
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    Emperus , November 23, 2012 12:57 PM
    Need more clarification on the so called "demanding tasks". 3DS Max lite version coming to Android! I guess not.
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    lengcaifai , November 23, 2012 1:01 PM
    cpu in a phone...... oh excellent!!! smart phone!!!

    dual-core...... oh good!!! better multitasking and threaded performance!!!

    quad-core...... hmm... desktop still can run most games well in dual-core... maybe for more future proofing?

    AAAND HERES THE EIGHT CORE!!! ......
  • 12 Hide
    mayankleoboy1 , November 23, 2012 1:15 PM
    TROLOLOL two consecutive articles with contradictory information...
    Zak should go back to apple news reporting
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    kristi_metal , November 23, 2012 1:22 PM
    They are crazy, i own a SII and that is a pretty powerfull phone, even if it's old now.
    I think Sammy is just flexing their muscles to show what they can do.
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    fudoka711 , November 23, 2012 1:48 PM
    kristi_metalThey are crazy, i own a SII and that is a pretty powerfull phone, even if it's old now. I think Sammy is just flexing their muscles to show what they can do.


    If this is true (and Zak did contradict himself), then Samsung is indeed flexing its muscles and/or knows something about soon to be released apps that will take advantage of such massive horsepower. We just gotta hope battery life will not drop at all (but improve).
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    wemakeourfuture , November 23, 2012 2:03 PM
    lengcaifaicpu in a phone...... oh excellent!!! smart phone!!!dual-core...... oh good!!! better multitasking and threaded performance!!!quad-core...... hmm... desktop still can run most games well in dual-core... maybe for more future proofing?AAAND HERES THE EIGHT CORE!!! ......


    PS3 on our phone! :p 
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    wemakeourfuture , November 23, 2012 2:07 PM
    mayankleoboy1TROLOLOL two consecutive articles with contradictory information...Zak should go back to apple news reporting


    You do realize Zak is citing 2 different sources. How dare he report from two sources that have 2 different view points on what the S4's CPU will be!

    It's almost as bad as a financial channel / website having one article about someone who is Bullish on stock XYZ then later another analyst comes out that is Bearish and they have a second article. The nerves!
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    icemunk , November 23, 2012 2:08 PM
    A yeesh.. all this dust, its everywhere! Hey.. what's that in the pile of dust... oh, its an Apple. Wierd...
  • 11 Hide
    clonazepam , November 23, 2012 2:14 PM
    8 cores means you can record video at full 1080p resolution, and maintain full encryption at the same time.

    In addition, Batman can now tap into phones for sonar purposes, and the user will never notice a drop in performance.
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    jn77 , November 23, 2012 2:27 PM
    we all have to realize, that while any device ( your computer ) or your mobile phone benefit from more cores because more cores operating at lower frequencies lower power consumption. It is not "Why do I need 8 cores........." Anti virus programs eat up so much bandwidth running in the background that if you had 1 core you would have to shut the virus protection off to be able to surf the web without the connection being flaky.

    I would not mind a phone with 16 cores, 8gb ram, and 3 Micro SD slots......... and a battery with 4 times the life mine has now.

    It will happen even if you want to complain about it now. Its just a matter of when. The Micro SD XCHC spec with Xfat file system support will take memory cards from 64gb to 2TB on mobile devices...... I am waiting for Sandisk to release a 2TB memory card for my Galaxy S3..... I give it 24 months.

    We should see 128 and 256gb micro memory cards hit the market in less than 5 months from now.
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    fuzzion , November 23, 2012 2:28 PM
    Now, theres no doubt it can play crysis 1,2 or 3
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    mousseng , November 23, 2012 2:36 PM
    Quote:
    TROLOLOL two consecutive articles with contradictory information...
    Zak should go back to apple news reporting


    Article 1: "A report is suggesting that Samsung's unannounced Galaxy S4 will sport a quad-core A15 chip, alongside a 13-megapixel camera."

    Article 2: "It's said that Samsung will couple four Cortex-A15 cores with four Cortex-A7s; the chips which are more powerful will predominately be used for highly demanding tasks."

    One article says it will have an A15. The other article says it'll have an A15 and 4 A7s. That's not really contradictory; besides, these are all rumors to begin with.
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