Samsung’s Exynos 5 Dual chipset detailed online
Details of Samsung’s next-generation Exynos 5 Dual system-on-a-chip (SOC) have leaked online
Samsung’s next-generation A15 Cortex-based Exynos 5 Dual system-on-a-chip (SOC) has been detailed online ahead of its 2013 rollout.
Based on the company’s 32nm High-K Metal Gate process and Panel Self Refresh technology, the Exynos 5 Dual is a significant update to the Exynos 4 Quad CPU found inside 2012’s Galaxy S3 handset and is designed to close the gap between Samsung and Qualcomm’s market-leading 28nm Snapdragon chipsets.
With two cores clocked at 1.7GHz and the new quad-core Mali-T604 GPU, which supports OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL 1.1, and DirectX 11, the new SOC from Samsung more than competes with Qualcomm’s Adreno 225 GPU present inside handsets like the HTC One S and Asus PadFone.
The quad-core Mali-T604 GPU offers up to five-times the performance of previous Mali GPUs and will also enable support for WQXGA (2560×1600) and stereoscopic 3D displays, according to ARM. Whether this will be enough to match Qualcomm’s newly released Adreno 320 GPU remains to be seen – but we look forward to finding out.
Qualcomm's new Adreno 320 GPU will support gaming up-to-and-beyond 60fps, as well as provide enough clout to power beyond-1080p displays. Initial benchmarks of Qualcomm’s S4 Pro chipset were very impressive and consistently scored well above 7,500 in our series of Quadrant benchmarking tests.
The Exynos 5 Dual is also the first chip that can render full HD 1080p at 60fps. It will also play pretty much any video codec you throw it at and it's also got built in streaming capabilities – Wi-Fi Display – meaning you can beam HD video from your smartphone or tablet to your TV at a minimum of 30fps.
Here’s a break down of all the most important aspects of the Exynos 5 Dual:
- Dual-core 1.7 Ghz Cortex A15 CPU
- Mali T604 GPU
- OpenGL ES 3.0
- OpenCL 1.1 full profile
- Support for WXQGA displays
- Wi-Fi display support
- 12.8 GB/s memory bandwidth with 2 port 800 Mhz LPDDR3 RAM support
- 1080p 60 FPS video performance and VP8 codec decoder
- USB 3.0 support
This is very exciting. Expect to see this chipset powering the successor to Samsung's Galaxy S3.