Samsung has announced that its new Exynos 5 Octa application processor is scheduled for mass production in the second quarter of 2013, meaning it will be available for use in new mobile devices, including high-end tablets, in the near future.
The chip, which Samsung originally announced at CES 2013 in January, is the company’s solution to a growing problem with mobile devices. As the capabilities and uses of new mobile devices, particularly tablets, continue to grow, the devices need their processor to be more powerful, without draining battery life.
The Exynos 5 Octa application processor implements a big.LITTLE concept. The processor has a total of eight cores the device can pull from — four Cortex-A15 cores for processing-intense tasks, and four Cortex-A7 quad cores for lighter workloads. It will only draw from the processors needed at any given time, meaning all eight cores won’t be running all together. The concept is designed to save battery life, and according to Samsung, offers up to 70% in energy savings.
Support for Really High-Res Displays
The new application processor also enhances 3D graphics-processing capabilities by over two-times the capabilities of the Exynos 4, meaning it should offer better support for more advanced games to be played on future tablets built with the Exynos 5.
Additionally, the chip supports displays up to WQXGA (2560×1600 pixels), which is the highest resolution currently available for mobile devices.
The new Exynos processor also adopted e-MMC 5.0 and USB 3.0 interface to allow for faster data transfer speed, which should lead to faster booting, web browsing, and 3D game loading.
In addition, the chip incorporates HD video hardware, to support 1080p video recording, and has an embedded 13 megapixel 30 fps image signal processor interface.
The Samsung Galaxy S IV, which was officially unveiled at an event in NYC last night, runs on the Exynos 5 Octa, but today’s announcement means Samsung could presumably manufacture a high-resolution tablet, like the rumored Galaxy Tab 3 Plus, with a 2560 x 1600 resolution, yet have the processing capabilities to power the extra pixels without sluggish applications or decreased battery life.