September 29, 2011 4:19pm
The home-made Exynos 4210 processor is the core of Samsung’s Galaxy S II line, and is currently the fastest processor in any smartphone on the market. Today, the company has announced the impending successor to that chip, the Exynos 4212, an ARM Cortex A9 SoC made from a 32nm manufacturing process. The dual-core chip will run at 1.5Ghz, as opposed to the current 1.2Ghz, and provide a 30% power reduction despite being clocked 300Mhz faster in both cores. This is due to the smaller chip size, better power management and thermal dissipation improvements.
The System-on-Chip (SoC) will also incorporate a faster GPU with claims of up to 50% improvement in overall graphics abilities from the previous generation. In addition, “the Exynos 4212 incorporates a rich portfolio of advanced codec accelerators that support digital still images, video recording and play-back at 1080p full-HD resolution, an image signal processor and an on-chip HDMI 1.4 interface.” In a word, it will be able to stream your 1080p video to your television over the common MHL (USB-to-HDMI) cable without breaking a sweat.
Samsung is already shopping around customers for the chip, but we’re holding out hope it will plant it in its own upcoming Nexus Prime or Galaxy Prime device, just in time for the holidays.