SAMSUNG HAS UNVEILED its next-generation Exynos processor just two days after Qualcomm officially took the wraps off the Snapdragon 820 chip.
The Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is an eight-core chip that promises to bring a "new level of performance" to Samsung's flagship processor line-up for mobile applications.
Like the Snapdragon 820, it is built on 14nm FinFET process technology, and Samsung claims it delivers an over 30 percent improvement in performance and 10 percent better power efficiency compared to its predecessor, the Exynos 7 Octa 7420.
Unlike its predecessor, the Exynos 8 Octa is an integrated "one-chip" solution that features the company's first custom-designed CPU based on 64-bit ARMv8 architecture. This "one-chip" solution is claimed to give OEMs more design flexibility as it uses few parts and consequently takes up less space.
The new chip also supports enhanced heterogeneous multi-processing to get the most out of its eight cores - four custom and four ARM® Cortex-A53 - to deliver the highest performance and power efficiency in its class.
"The Exynos 8 Octa is a leading-edge application processor for next-generation mobile devices that incorporates Samsung's mobile technology leadership in CPU, ISP, and modem as well as process technology," said Samsung Electronics's VP of System LSI marketing, Kyushik Hong.
"With our custom designed CPU cores and the industry's most advanced LTE modem, consumers using mobile devices with the Exynos 8 Octa will experience a new level of mobile computing."
The Exynos 8 Octa also integrates what Samsung is calling the most advanced LTE Rel.12 Cat.12/13 modem, which enables maximum download speed of up to 600Mbps (Cat.12) and upload speed of up to 150Mbps (Cat.13) with carrier aggregation.
"With such a high data transfer rate, the Exynos 8 Octa will contribute to delivering an excellent mobile experience, allowing users to enjoy and share high resolution video content on the go with ease," said Samsung.
For a graphic-intensive 3D gaming and life-like virtual reality experiences, the Exynos 8 Octa employs ARM's latest GPU, the Mali-T880.
Samsung said it plans to begin mass production of the Exynos 8 Octa in late 2015. It didn't say, but we can expect this chip will power the firm's upcoming Galaxy S7 smartphone, replacing Qualcomm's usual slot. µ
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