Samsung has announced that a new version of its Exynos 5 Octa SoC will be able to operate all eight cores at the same time, making it a true “octa-core” chipset.


Samsung will be making use of Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) to allow all cores to be active simultaneously. When needed, apps will also be able to mix and match a low-power Cortex-A7 core with a high-performance Cortex-A15 core, something that isn’t possible in current chipsets, which can only run either the A7 or A15 cores together.

The Korean manufacturer hasn’t said which Exynos chip will introduce true eight-core functioning, though it is expected to hit the market by the end of this year. Will it power the Galaxy S5? Probably, though there is a possibility we might see a Galaxy Note 3 variant using the improved chip as well, in keeping with Samsung’s newly acquired taste for releasing flagship variants with faster and newer processors.

Here’s a video Samsung posted to tease the true octa-core chipset,

Source: Samsung Tomorrow