If you are an avid reader of our site (or processor nerd like me) this might not come as much of a surprise, but Samsung has finally demoed their quad-core Exynos 4412 processor in public. This upcoming chip was first spotted last November and we were unsure if it would ever see the light of day, but Samsung LSI was previewing it at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference this week.
Samsung’s latest mobile application processors are being built with their 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HK/MG) low-power process in their Austin fab.
Upcoming Exynos parts include:
- Exynos 4212: 32 nm, 1.2-1.5 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, ARM Mali-400 GPU
- Exynos 4412: 32 nm, 1.5-1.8 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, ARM Mali-400 GPU
- Exynos 5250: 32 nm, 2.0 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU, ARM Mali-T604 GPU
- Exynos 5450: 32/28 nm, 2.0 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU, ARM Mali-T658 GPU
We originally thought the 1.5 GHz dual-core Exynos 4212 might appear in the Galaxy Nexus, but Google and Samsung went with the Texas Instruments OMAP4460 instead. Recently we have also speculated that the quad-core Exynos 4412 could be used in the Galaxy S III, but that is still up in the air.
Recently got we got chance to see the Exynos 5250 in action at CES, on a tablet running Android 4.0. Again I speculated that this part could be used in the rumored Galaxy Tab 11.6, and we are still waiting to see what happens.
The latest addition to the Exynos family that we have not talked much about is the quad-core Exynos 5450. Daniel P. of PhoneArena reported this upcoming part will feature the latest ARM Mali-T658 GPU, but we know nothing of its availability.
Samsung already said they would be implementing ARM’s big.Little setup in an Exynos processor this year, but we don’t know which model that will be. I know for a fact it is not Exynos 5250, so it’s possible that it could be Exynos 5450. If that happens, then I wouldn’t expect the Exynos 5450 in product until early 2013.
Hopefully we will learn more about Samsung’s roadmap at Mobile World Congress next week. I know everyone is all excited about quad-core, but I’m hoping we see the dual-core Exynos 5250 inside the next Galaxy S III and Galaxy Tab 11.6.
As Texas Instruments pointed out, Cortex-A15 is a huge improvement over Cortex-A9. We might not see TI’s OMAP5 in devices until early 2013, but Samsung has said that their Exynos 5250 will go into mass production next quarter. That would be perfect timing for it to appear this summer in Samsung’s flagship devices.
And now we wait.