Feb 10 AT 10:45 PM Taylor Wimberly 21 Comments

Samsung’s Orion is now Exynos 4210

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?

Via: Engadget

Source: Korea Times

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  • http://Website jose

    Well they either went with tegra 2 or their exynos processors …my bet is on tegra 2 since they did order a batch from them..

    • http://Website moddafokka

      exynos is Sony XE in reverse. Interesting…

      • http://Website jwtraglia

        Yeah, i realized that too. It’s weird

      • http://Website sansenoy

        Ha, nice

  • samirsshah

    It is not just 1 GHz or 1.2 GHz that matters. It is also what Samsung put in for graphics, video etc. I think Samsung will go with Exynos for their Galaxy S 2.

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    This is tough. I want it to be announced already. If it doesn’t have the new processors then what phone would they debut it on? They need to represent Samsung with that. The average consumer will not know the difference so put the best in your phone.

  • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

    I’m still trying to find an explanation for all those Tegra 2 SoCs that Samsung ordered from NVIDIA.

    I’ll venture a guess that the 1.2 GHz number is wrong. I’m going to guess the Galaxy S 2 has a Tegra 2 SoC assuming it’s hitting the market in the near future. Maybe Exynos later this year.

    Remember, Samsung lost Intrinsity, their SoC-tweaking ace-in-the-hole. It would explain why Exynos is Samsung’s power-efficiency tweaked Cortex-A9, instead of performance-tweaked.

    I understand that when ARM supplies SoC architectures to manufacturers, they usually provide a performance-focused model or a efficiency-focused model. If Samsung is going with Tegra 2 for their flagship high-performance phones (Galaxy S 2), then it makes sense that they’d make a power-efficient SoC for mid-end phones or maybe slim / lightweight tablets.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Galaxy Tab 2 has to be Tegra 2 for them to get Honeycomb working already. It’s the only choice.

      • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

        Very true, and we know Tegra 2 has the GPU power (and exclusive titles) that a tablet needs.

        So…. maybe Tegra 2 for the tablets, Exynos for the Galaxy S 2 lineup? That would make sense. Still need more info on the GPU in Exynos though.

        • http://twitter.com/thebignoob Ryan F

          I’m speculating that they’ll go with a newer PowerVR Series5XT, built for multi-core utilization. This is the same gpu found in the next Sony handheld.

  • http://Website dmass

    sammy is obviously going with inhouse socs

  • http://Website samsuck suck suck suck plz die

    Sexynos sux

  • http://Website Daniela Martinez

    “Exynos 4210″ instead of Orion

    Wow, well THATS easy to remember! /sarcasm
    Another marketing blunder……

  • http://Website jwtraglia

    I liked Orion better :(

  • http://Website ♦9

    in before:
    Nvidia Tegrannosaurus Rex 2

  • http://Website greek skata

    malaka pusti ♥

  • http://Website joey

    Doesn’t matter for me I will not be buying any Samsung products from here out. They have disappointed me to many times.

  • http://Website Wade

    Good call, that other name was way harder to pronounce/remember. What the hell is an Orion anyway? I can’t believe they didn’t make the switch sooner!

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    Hopefully they tossed this in there as well http://engt.co/huLuw3

  • http://Website Raptor

    Will see if this is Sexynos or Hexynos or Sexynot.
    Still same 45mn ?

  • xinbaby

    orion is the most stronger moblie CPU