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Samsung Announces New Exynos 5 Octa With 2-Times Graphic Performance Over Previous Octa

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Samsung made their new Exynos 5 Octa mobile processor official last night as the 5420. The new chipset is still an eight-core ARM Cortex-based processor, though this time they swapped out the PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU for an ARM-based Mali-T628, which Samsung claims produces “two times greater” graphics performance over the previous Octa (5410). 

So in terms of it being “Octa,” we’re still looking at four Cortex A15 cores and another four Cortex A7 cores, which ARM refers to as big.LITTLE. The A15s are clocked at 1.8GHz for the heavy lifting, while the A7s are clocked at 1.3GHz. The CPU performance has been improved by some 20% in this new chipset.

The new Exynos 5 Octa is currently sampling and will be ready for mass production in August. Galaxy Note 3, anyone?

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Press Release

Samsung Brings Enhanced Mobile Graphics Performance Capabilities to New Exynos 5 Octa Processor

SEOUL, South Korea, Jul 22, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, today introduced the latest addition to the Exynos product family with top level of graphic performance driven by a six-core ARM(R) Mali(TM)-T628 GPU processor for the first time in the industry. With mobile use case scenarios becoming increasingly complex, Samsung’s newest eight-core ARM Cortex(TM)-based application processor gives designers a powerful, energy efficient tool to build multifaceted user interface capabilities directly into the system architecture. Samsung will demonstrate the new Exynos 5 family at SIGGRAPH 2013 in the ARM booth, #357; Exhibit Hall C at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Octa (product code:Exynos 5420), based on ARM Mali(TM)-T628 MP6 cores, boosts 3D graphic processing capabilities that are over two times greater than the Exynos 5 Octa predecessor. The newest member of the Exynos family is able to perform General-Purpose computing on Graphics Processing Units (GPGPU) accelerating complex and computationally intensive algorithms or operations, traditionally processed by the CPU. This product also supports OpenGL(R) ES 3.0 and Full Profile Open CL 1.1, which enables the horsepower needed in multi-layer rendering of high-end, complex gaming scenarios, post-processing and sharing of photos and video, as well as general high-function multi-tasking operations.

“ARM welcomes the latest addition to the successful Exynos Octa 5 series, which uses ARM’s Mali GPU solution to dramatically improve graphics performance,” said Pete Hutton, executive vice president & general manager, Media Processing Division, ARM. “ARM big.LITTLE(TM) and ARM Artisan(R) Physical IP technologies continue to be at the heart of the Octa series and now complement the new functionality brought by ARM GPU Compute. This combination enables unprecedented capabilities in areas such as facial detection and gesture control, and brings desktop-quality editing of images and video to mobile devices.”

“Demand for richer graphic experiences is growing rapidly nowadays,” said Taehoon Kim, vice president of System LSI marketing, Samsung Electronics. “In order to meet that demand from both OEMs and end users, we developed this processor which enables superb graphical performance without compromising power consumption.”

The newest Exynos processor is powered by four ARM Cortex(R)-A15(TM) processors at 1.8GHz with four additional Cortex-A7(TM)cores at 1.3 GHz in a big.LITTLE processing implementation. This improves the CPU processing capability by 20 percent over the predecessor by optimizing the power-saving design.

In addition, the multiple image compression (MIC) IP block inside this System-on-Chip successfully lowers the total system power when bringing pictures or multimedia from memory to display panel. This feature results in maximizing the usage hours of mobile devices with a high-resolution display such as WQXGA (2500×1600), in particular when browsing the web or doing multimedia application requiring the frequent screen refresh.

The new Exynos 5 Octa processor also features a memory bandwidth of 14.9 gigabytes per second paired with a dual-channel LPDDR3 at 933MHz, enabling an industry-leading fast data processing and support for full HD Wifi display. This new processor also incorporates a variety of full HD 60 frames per second video hardware codec engines for 1080p video recording and playback.

The new family of Exynos 5 Octa is currently sampling to customers and is scheduled for mass-production in August.

For Further information :

- Samsung Exynos brand site : www.samsung.com/exynos

- Samsung Exynos twitter : www.twitter.com/samsungexynos

- Samsung Exynos facebook : www.facebook.com/samsungexynos

- Samsung Exynos Youtube : www.youtube.com/samsungexynos

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

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  • duke69111

    I would love to be able to just slap one of these and another gig or 2 of ram in my galaxy nexus and I would be happy.

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  • GJV

    Our dev community knows and loves Snapdragons, so I could really care less about processors we’re not likely to see anyhow.

    • Big_EZ

      The performance of the Exynos is great, but it does suck for development. I am not as confident as you that we won’t see this. I hope the Note 3 has a Snapdragon 800, but I think that’ll be the international version and USA will get the Exynos like last year.

  • qCom

    Snapdragon 800 still leaves Exynos 5 Octa in the dust. That’s why Samsung is probably using Intel Atom in some of its mobile products.

  • bionicwaffle

    The big question is, how do the battery life and radios compare to the Snapdragon 800?

  • chris420o

    this just in! samsung comes out with a new processor that we will never see or use!

    • EC8CH

      Merica! ah hell.

    • mechapathy

      You could always order an international unlocked version of whatever phone this goes into.

      • chris420o

        not for verizon

        • mechapathy

          Well yeah. Of course not.

    • T4rd

      It might be in the Note 3. All the US Note 2 variants got Exynos SoCs despite the Galaxy S phones getting Qualcomm SoCs. I think I would still prefer the Snapdragon 800 though, just for the sake of custom ROM/kernel development.

      • Bruce

        U.S. variation will receive the Snapdragon 800, and there will be Note II with Snapdragon 600.

        • T4rd

          Thanks for that news, anonymous guy on the internet!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Mr. Droid Life is up and about early. The call of the new Droids is impossible to ignore.

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      :)