Earlier, we reported that Samsung has figured out a way to enable all eight cores in its Exynos 5 Octa at one time. Heterogeneous Multi-Processing, or HMP, would assign low level tasks to the smaller A7 cores, while bigger tasks such as games would go to the powerful A15 cores. Any combination of the eight can be running at one time all assigned to appropriate tasks.
Previously, only one set could be running, either the A7 or A15 cores. During low activity times, only the A7 cores would be on to save power. However, when the phone was being used, it switched over to the powerful A15 cores. This theoretically meant less power usage, but also meant that low level tasks were assigned to the A15 cores and the A7 cores were wasted. HMP will make things a lot more efficient.
When Samsung announced this, they did not state whether this new technology would be hardware integrated into the new Exynos 5 Octa chips or software that can be sent to current Octa phones with a software update. Would older phones be left in the dust? Luckily, Meuzi came out and stated that HMP can be added with a software update.
Meizu has long been a buyer of the Exynos chips, with their newest MX3 smartphone using an Exynos 5 Octa. They stated that the device will be getting HMP through a software update, so Samsung could do the same for their other phones. Will the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3 be upgraded? We really hope so. But we’re just glad to see that it isn’t new hardware. Any Octa users out there happy to hear this?