After months and months of speculation, rumours and interpolation, Samsung has finally revealed explicit details on the processor it’ll use in its Galaxy S3 smartphone.
The Exynos 4 Quad will be a four core processor built upon Samsung’s innovative 32 nanometre manufacturing process and run at speeds above 1.4GHz. To give such dry jargon some perspective, Apple’s new iPad (still loathing the name) uses Samsung’s older 45-nanometer manufacturing tech and features a dual core CPU. Furthermore, HTC’s One X is the only smartphone in Australia to feature a quad core (Tegra 3) processor.
The new chip will eventually be found in Samsung’s smartphones and tablets, including the highly anticipated Galaxy S3.
“Already in production, the Exynos 4 Quad is scheduled to be adopted first into Samsung’s next Galaxy smartphone that will officially be announced in May,” Samsung said in a statement.
“The…processor is a crucial element in providing our customers with a PC-like experience on mobile devices. Samsung’s next Galaxy device, which will be officially announced soon, offers uncompromised performance and ground breaking multi-tasking features.”
Additional Exynos 4 Quad highlights from Samsung’s press release include:
Multi-core processing delivers enhanced performance, enabling users to accomplish more tasks in a shorter period of time. For example, a task such as streaming video can run on one core while the other cores update applications in the background, connecting to the web and scanning virus-check simultaneously.
Due to its 32nm HKMG low-power process and power-saving design, the Exynos 4 Quad has two times the processing capability over the 45nm process based Exynos 4 Dual while consuming 20-percent less power.
The new processor incorporates a full HD 30 frame per second video hardware codec engine for high resolution 1080p video recording and play-back, an embedded image signal processor interface for high-quality camera functionality and an HDMI 1.4 interface for sharp and crisp multimedia content transmission.
Having identical form factor measurements (12mm X 12mm X 1.37 mm), the Exynos 4 Quad is pin-to-pin compatible with the 32nm process based Exynos 4 Dual, allowing mobile device designers to immediately adopt the new solution without additional cost, engineering or design efforts.