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Samsung outs powerful 1.5GHz Exynor processor for mobile

Samsung announces their new Cortex-A9 Exynos processor 4212

Samsung has recently announced a new 1GHz version of its dual core, Cortex-A9 Exynos processors. They are built with the 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process. The 1.5GHz Exynos 4212 offers a 25 percent increase in processing power and a 30 percent lower power-level compared to their successor 1.2GHz Exynos 4210. And the graphics processing unit (GPU) is expected to provide a 50 percent higher 3D graphics performance from the earlier one, as claimed by the company.

The Exynos 4212 was announced at the eighth annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum in Taiwan, held at Westin Taipei. Along with this processor the new Samsung Galaxy tab 7.0 Plus was also unveiled.

The earlier processor Exynos 4210 was fabricated with 45nanometer (nm) processor technology which has now been upgraded to 32nm fabrication, using Samsung's High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power process according to Samsung. And for this result the tablet oriented SoC offers double the logic, enhancing processing power by 25percent.

The new Exynos 4212 features 30 percent lower consumption than the previous model, though exact power specifications are not mentioned in details.

The advanced codec accelerators are provided that support digital still images, video recording, and 1080p video playback. Another image signal processor and an on-chip HDMI 1.4 interface are also said to be provided according to Samsung.

Most of the other manufacturers are also busy upgrading their processors. The Texas Instruments has announced their 1.8GHz OMAP4470, while NVIDIA has also upgraded their new processor upped to a pent-core processor “Kal-El” Cortex A9 processors rumored as the Tegra 3.

The Exynos 4212 processors will be sampled to selected customers in first quarter of 2012 says Samsung. A website is also launched for the Exynos processor though till now no information has been provided about the 4212 processors.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-10- 2 (Update: 2012-05-26)