Octo-core Exynos 5 Octa SoC Introduced at CES 2013, Will It Underpin the Samsung Galaxy S4?

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa

One of the biggest players of the smartphone market, Samsung, introduced today the latest generation of proprietary chipsets for smartphones and tablets. The new generation of Exynos 5 Octa chipsets will be integrated in future devices which will provide amazing performance.

The Exynos 5 Octa chipset has an octo-core configuration, two sets divided in 4 cores each. The cores are manufactured on 28 nm architecture, providing better battery life and significantly improved performance.

Samsung informs that the new Exynos 5 Octa integrates a power saving mode that helps improving the battery life of the device underpinned by the new chipset. We don’t know yet when first Exynos 5 Octa-powered devices will see the light of day, but the Samsung Galaxy S4 will probably be the first of its kind.

Samsung used the big.LITTLE technology developed by ARM for its Exynos 5 Octa chipset. The Samsung processor is built using four ARM Cortex A15 cores, most likely clocked at 2.0 GHz, used for the tasks that require more processing power (games, photo/video editing, etc.) and four ARM Cortex A7 cores, probably clocked at 1.7 GHz, for the basic tasks.

The South Korea-based company says that the battery consumption has now dropped 70% compared to Exynos 5 Dual, courtesy of its new octo-core chipset, therefore we must be talking about a great product. Samsung’s processor is using a workload separation system that is not new for the silicon world.

Exynos 5 Octa is world’s second chipset to use four Cortex A15 cores, after Nvidia unveiled its Tegra 4 SoC a couple of days ago.

Summing up, the 3D performance of the processor are double to anything currently on the market, so we are talking about an extremely powerful product.

The current generation of Exynos processors is one of the most powerful platforms on the market, and you will find them inside terminals like Galaxy Note 2 or Galaxy S3. Anyway, the most powerful rival of the Exynos 4 Quad is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro, in a quad-core configuration with Krait cores clocked at 1.5 GHz.