At the International Solid-State Circuits Conference SSCC event in San Francisco, Samsung was one of the OEM’s in attendance showing off their upcoming quad-core Exynos processors. While these powerhouses are still using the older Cortex-A9 architecture, the quad-core Exynos takes advantage of the 32nm manufacturing process making them smaller, and more power efficient. Boasting a performance boost of up to 26% faster than ’11 chips, these Exynos chips use about 50% less power. As an added bonus, each core has the ability to be shut-off independently, further increasing power efficiency when needed.
As we learned earlier this week, it’s not always how fast your processor is if you want your phone to fly, but also has fast the memory is. Samsung’s quad-core Exynos will also support low-power DDR3 memory, to ensure the chip operates at full speed. The GPU on these new chips is also capable of pumping out around 57 million polygons per second.
We’re hoping Samsung will unveil a quad-core Exynos device at MWC though we remain doubtful. Samsung recently unveiled their dual-core Exynos 5250’s in November which wont ship until the Spring. If you’re hoping to see a quad-core Exynos device this year, I wouldn’t hold my breath.