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Samsung Discusses Its Exynos 5 Octa Eight-Core Mobile SoC

Samsung has discussed its Exynos 5 Octa chip, which is the world's first eight-core mobile processor announced during CES 2013.

Four cores will handle the resource-demanding tasks, which will be be powered by ARM's Cortex-A15 architecture. The four power-efficient ones, meanwhile, will be Cortex-A7s. Samsung's Director of Marketing, System LSI, Akshay Agarwal argues that "going with the notion of quad would not really differentiate it [the Exynos 5 Octa] much, because there are so many quad-core processors out on the market."

"He then goes on to explain that the end user doesn't understand or care about the exact type of CPU used, like A9 or A15," explained PhoneArena. "It's not reasonable to think that everyone will have enough technical knowledge to make the difference between these technologies, so Samsung felt that it should simply go with the "Octa" term as a way of signaling the excessive power of the chipset."

"When we asked Agarwal about Samsung's position with regards to licensing the Exynos 5 Octa, he was quick to point out the customers of the current Exynos line-up, which include Lenovo and some smaller Asian companies like Meizu and Quanta, and ensured us that Samsung is devoted to broadening the range of customers of its chipset division. At this time, though, that range seems to be quite limited when compared to the penetration of its rivals in this space, Qualcomm and Nvidia."

The world's largest phone maker said there is no tension within its chip-making division. Agarwal stressed that the South Korean technology giant continues to rely on a "broad set of customers," which includes the growing business of Samsung Mobile. His comment comes after Stephen Woo, president of Samsung's Systems LSI division who manages the production of mobile processors, stated that it's aiming to "diversify our customer base" amid concerns regarding Apple cutting off its business ties with its chief competitor.

According to a recent benchmark, the unannounced Samsung Galaxy S4 will be the first device to sport the Exynos 5 Octa chip.

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