Remember when having a 1GHz chip in a mobile device was all the rage? No more! Of course, 1GHz Snapdragon
processors are still blazing trails, but not like they used to. This week, Samsung has introduced the latest addition to its Exynos product family – the Exynos 4212 - a dual core ARM Cortex-A9 application processor, designed on Samsung
’s advanced 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power process. Clock speed? 1.5GHz. Samsung claims that the dual-core Exynos 4212 offers mobile device systems architects a new solution designed to support a high-quality user-experience and energy-efficient requirements of smartphones and tablet devices.
Leveraging its deep sub-micron expertise in high-performance/low-power technology, Samsung designed the Exynos 4212 on its 32nm low-power HKMG logic process technology with dual Cortex-A9 cores. Samsung’s 32nm HKMG process node is specifically tuned to offer a competitive, cutting-edge platform with double the logic density and a 30 percent lower power-level over the previous process generation.
In addition to the 25 percent increase in processing power, the new processor features an enhanced graphics processing unit (GPU) that is capable of delivering 50 percent higher 3D graphics performance over the previous processor generation from Samsung.
The Exynos 4212 incorporates a rich portfolio of advanced codec accelerators that support digital still images, video recording and play-back at 1080p full-HD resolution, an image signal processor and an on-chip HDMI 1.4 interface. It's set to sample to select customers in Q4, and we're hoping to see a raft of devices supporting it starting at CES 2012.