Samsung demos quad core Cortex-A9 SoC at the ISSCC

SamsungLogo Samsung demos quad core Cortex A9 SoC at the ISSCC

The rumoured quad core Exynos 4412 from Samsung is said to have been demoed at the ISSCC or International Solid-State Circuits Conference held in San Francisco, which as it happens finishes today. Samsung didn't announce the model name, but details of the Exynos 4412 has already leaked and the SoC that was being demoed is said to have been a quad core Cortex-A9 chip built on Samsung's 32nm high-k metal gate process.

The rumoured quad core Exynos 4412 from Samsung is said to have been demoed at the ISSCC or International Solid-State Circuits Conference held in San Francisco, which as it happens finishes today. Samsung didn't announce the model name, but details of the Exynos 4412 has already leaked and the SoC that was being demoed is said to have been a quad core Cortex-A9 chip built on Samsung's 32nm high-k metal gate process.

EE Times Asia is reporting that the quad core chip will operate at speeds of between 200MHz and 1.5GHz and that it features 1MB of L2 cache as well as 64-bit ARM Neon support. The publication seems to have gotten slightly confused about the GPU though, claiming that Samsung has its own GPU design, which isn't the case. Instead, the Exynos 4412 is expected to be one of the first SoCs that uses ARM's Mali-T604 GPU architecture.

The new chip is said to deliver up to 26 percent more performance compared to a 45nm on Samsung's older manufacturing process, while also improving battery life by 34 to 50 percent. Impressive numbers indeed, although not all is thanks to the die shrink, as some of it is said to be coming from improved power and thermal management. It's also meant to deliver in excess of 26 percent improvement in frame rate while again drawing far less power than its 45nm siblings.

The new chip is expected to be announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, where Samsung is also expected to be demoing its dual core Exynos 5250 based on ARM's Cortex-A15 architecture.

Source: EE Times Asia (requires free registration)

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