Samsung’s new dual core ARM-based processors for handheld devices will start shipping next month.
“Application processors for the mobile market are one of the flagship products in our semiconductor business,” said Seh-Woong Jeong, the executive vice president of marketing, system LSI division at Samsung Electronics, in a press release.
The new Exynos processors (formerly called Orion) from Samsung will probably power some of the company’s smartphones that will be revealed next week at the MWC 2011, so we’ll have more details then. Related: Orion processor in Galaxy S2
The new processor, called Samsung Exynos 4210, is capable of full high-definition media recording and playback at 30 frames per second, and can clock at 1GHz. The Exynos 4210 uses a graphics processor, which Samsung claims is capable of delivering five times the 3D graphics performance that previous processors from Samsung did.
The new Samsung processor is designed to use power more efficiently than older processors from the company, and its name comes from the Greek words exypnos, which means “smart”, and prasinos, meaning “green.” Samsung’s Orion processors are rebranded with the new name to indicate the long battery life they support.
In another announcement regarding processors, it was revealed that Qualcomm’s new APQ8060 has debuted in HP’s new TouchPad tablet. Qualcomm says the new processor supports “stereoscopic 3D (S3D) entertainment, 1080p 30 fps HD video capture and playback, console-quality gaming and full Web browsing with Adobe Flash 10.” Also see: CPU-friendly Flash 10.2 launch
The APQ8060 has an integrated Areno 220 graphics processor, which is said to have twice the processing power of its predecessor. The chip can support a 16-megapixel camera lens, and can output HD media to a 3DTV via an HDMI port. Related: Qualcomm’s upcoming dual core Snapdragon processors
Comparison between the new Qualcomm and Samsung Exynos 4210 processors is difficult even though they seem very similar. Only when these processors are applied in comparable smartphones or tablets can their performance be judged.
While a 1GHz processor would support the best sort of smartphone OS around right now (assuming that Android Gingerbread is representative of this category), it’s still unclear how well it will do going forward. For this year, though, it seems Samsung’s Exynos 4210 will be sufficient for reasonably good devices, but Samsung could have better processors still in the Exynos range that would power very high end devices, or those that will appear around mid-year.
Another company readying a 3D graphics processor is Nvidia. Its ARM-based Tegra 3 processor should be released around the same time as Samsung’s Exynos processor.