Samsung to Soon Preview Quad-Core Exynos Processor
Samsung is expected to be showcasing two next-generation mobile processors at the Mobile World Congress, which will open its doors on February 27 in Barcelona, Spain.
The Exynos 4412 is likely to attract most of the attention due to its four ARM Cortex-A9 cores that are expected to run at 200 MHz to 1.5 GHz. Rumors also suggest that the chip will include four ARM Mali graphics cores, a 64-bit Neon media engine and a dual-channel memory controller with support for LP-DDR2, DDR2 and DDR3 memory.
As a competitor for Nvidia Tegra 3, the Exynos 4412 could be making its way into tablets and high-end smartphones this year and pave the way to a category that is often referred to as "superphones". According to Samsung, a quad-core Exynos would be powerful enough to support a phone with an integrated projector and 1080p 3D display.
We also expect Samsung to show its Exynos 5250, which began sampling in November 2011 and is on target for mass production in Q2. The 5250 is a 32 nm, dual-core Cortex-A15 chip running at a clock speed of 2.0 GHz. Samsung claims that the chip can process 14 billion Dhrystone instructions per second, which is almost twice the performance of the current Cortex-A9-based 1.5 GHz model that delivers 7.5 billion Dhrystone instructions per second.
The 5250 also provides twice the memory bandwidth (12.8 GB/s) and will be able to run displays with a resolution of up to 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA).