This Chip Will Power the New Samsung Galaxy S III

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While the new Galaxy S III is due to officially launch on May 3rd, Samsung has just announced what's set to be powering it, and things sound promising. Based on the ARM Cortex A9, Samsung's new chip—which is called Exynos 4 Quad—will feature four cores all running at 1.4 GHz.


It replaces, and will be entirely compatible with devices already using, the older Exynos 4 Dual, and uses 32 nanometer technology instead of the old'uns 45 nanometer innards. But, meh, enough of that—what can it actually do?


Samsung claim the new chip will be capable of full 30fps 1080p video playback and recording, will feature an interface for HDMI 1.4 and also come with some embedded image signal processing capabilities. The chip is also claimed to be 20 per cent more efficient than its predecessor. All in, it sounds like Samsung could be on to a winner. [Samsung via The Verge]

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That's a little bit disappointing. Why use 4 Cortex A9 cores when 2 Cortex A15 cores can do almost the same amount of work, scale to faster speeds, and use half the space leaving you with more room for GPU, modem space, etc...

The "quad core" marketing buzz is really doing the consumer sector a disservice I think.

The majority of CPU intensive tasks that consumers actually run across are difficult to thread, so a fast dual core design is all you need. Pair it with a more powerful GPU to pass easily threaded tasks to, and the experience is FAR better than a quad core CPU + mediocre GPU design.

Quadcore+ cpu designs are really better suited for server installations.