August 10, 2012 10:08am
Samsung’s ucpming Snapdragon S4 competitor is going to be a serious beast. The dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 SoC is built on Samsung’s 32nm manufacturing process and has some serious improvements over both its own Cortex-A9 Exynos 4 Quad chips and Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line offerings.
First, both cores will be clocked initially at 1.7Ghz, though the extremely power-efficient nature of the chip design should make it easy on the battery. Samsung is also including ARM’s next-generation Mali T604 GPU which supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and DirectX 11, which should theoretically make the SoC compatible with upcoming Windows 8 tablets.
We’re also looking at 800Mhz LPDDR3 RAM, double the speed of existing Samsung chips and 300Mhz faster than what’s included in the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 line. The Exynos 5 Dual also supports USB 3.0 input and will be able to power displays up to a resolution of 2560×1600. The Mali chip should also be able to decode 1080p video at 60fps, and push video over WiFi using WiFi Direct.
We’re hoping that the Exynos 5 Dual is on-die LTE compatible out of the box but at the very least Samsung should be able to shoe-horn an external LTE chip on there somewhere.
The next twelve months are going to be very competitive in the SoC space as Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Nvidia and Samsung release their next-generation chips.