Samsung unveil new Dual-Core Exynos 5250 SoC clocked at 2GHz, coming to high-end tablets next year

Samsung are continuing to push on with their range of Exynos system-on-chips, the next chip in the range is the Exynos 5250 which Samsung unveiled today. The SoC is Dual-Core and clocked at 2GHz and is based of of ARM’s Cortex-A15 architecture which they say is 40% faster than the current range of Cortex-A9 SoC.

It’s strange that Samsung aren’t working on a range of Quad-Core chips, though obviously believe they can continue to squeeze every last MHz of power out of the Dual-Core design with the new architecture. The Exynos 5250 will support stereoscopic 3D displays along with a maximum resolution of 2560×1600 (WQXGA) which would be insane on a tablet — the piece of technology this chip is designed for. The graphics power is said to be 4x that of the current range of Cortex-A9 chips.

The Exynos 5250 will go into mass production sometime during Q2 next year, so we might just see it shown off at Mobile World Congress in February. Exciting, speedy times ahead.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/Mordat Dominick

    Tasty.

    I want. ;)

    • Grant Bridge

      Me too!

      • http://www.twitter.com/Mordat Dominick

        :P

  • Aryan

    It actually is not surprising that no one other than NVidia is pursuing the many-core strategy.

    As the recent AMD Buldozer debacle has shown, most apps are still single threaded. In both desktop and mobile, single threaded experience matter a lot more than the number of cores you have. After dual core, you very quickly hit the law of diminishing returns.

    Now don’t get me wrong, there will be quad core Cortex M-15 SoCs somewhere down the line (probably late 2012, early 2013), but a higher clocked dual core SoC is going to easily beat a quad-core lower clocked SoC in most typical applications.

    In order for Quad Core ARM to make sense, you would need to fabricate it on at least a 28 nm process. I have no idea what NVidia is smoking producing a 45nm quad core SoC.

  • john p

    “It’s strange that Samsung aren’t working on a range of Quad-Core chips” …. forgotten samsung’s exynos 4412?

  • Jake Oliver

    Bah Tablets!

    I for one welcome seeing this chip in a phone though!

  • NOZdroid

    SGS III? i think so.

    • http://buzz.id.au Buzz Moody

      Mmm.. Maybe. 

  • Tablecloth

    I read somewhere the new Exynos processor came in a Quad Core (LittleBig) and a Dual core, but the Dual core was designed with a different purpose in mind. Its totally possible Samsung have designed this tech well and truly in advance. At one stage, the WallStreet Journal was quoting Samsung’s technology to be almost 5 or 6 years ahead of the competition in research. I really wouldnt be surprised if it did turn to be true, and they have a Quad core AND dual core model, because if they’ve had issues with short battery life on their current Ultra-fast processor (which is still leaps ahead of the competition) then I’d expect a Quad Core in the SGS3 to be a bit far fetched.

    However I’ve heard that with a processor in a LittleBig Configuration that ARM’s been chirping about for sometime now will make mobile processing more efficient, because it allows all 4 cores to work, or one single core to do dedicated basic instructions.

    Bottom line is, if ANYONE can get top-end tech into a small space – it’d be Samsung.