Everyone expected Samsung Electronics’ first dual-core processor to be called Orion, but it turns out that was just a codename and the final branding is Exynos (I have no idea how to pronounce it). The new name comes from the Greek words smart (exypnos) and green (prasinos) and represents Samsung’s new “smart and green” strategy designed to “support the stringent performance and power requirements of mobile devices.”
“Application processors for the mobile market are one of the flagship products in our semiconductor business,” saidSeh-Woong Jeong, executive vice president of marketing, System LSI Division, Samsung Electronics. “We are excited to introduce the brand name of Exynos for Samsung’s application processorfamily. As consumers demand more from their mobile products, Samsung’s Exynos chips will be the power inside enabling the coolest HD multi-media features with even longer battery life.”
The release goes on to say the first model number will be Exynos 4210 and it will be a dual-core 1 GHz applications processor that is “scheduled for production next month.”
This is an interesting revelation because recent rumors surrounding the Galaxy S 2 kept saying it has a dual-core 1.2 GHz application processor. Either the 1.2 GHz speeds were incorrect or the Galaxy S 2 does not include Orion. We’ve heard there were other rumors of a “Galaxy S 2″ with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, but that was also clocked at 1 GHz. The only dual-core we know of that is clocked at 1.2 GHz and ready to pop in a phone right now would be Qualcomm’s MSM8x60 Snapdragon series.
Stranger things have happened, but maybe Samsung decided to team up with Qualcomm on the Galaxy S 2. Or maybe the GS2 will be the first device powered by Exynos. These are interesting times because an estimated 10 million units are at stake here. Who do you think Samsung chose to provide their applications processors?