CES 2013: Holy Eight Legged Spider, Samsung Unveils 8-Core Exynos 5 Octa Chip!

Paul Lilly

The Exynos 5 Octa is the first to implement the ARM big.LITTLE processing technology based on the Cortex A15 CPU.

Today's high-end smartphones are going to seem like little more than slow relics before the year is over. ARM's licensing partners have come out swinging at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, including Samsung, which earlier today introduced the Exynos 5 Octa . As the name suggests, it's an 8-core processor and the world's first mobile chip to use ARM's new big.LITTLE technology .

"The new Exynos 5 Octa introduces a whole new concept in processing architecture…designed for high-end smartphones and tablets," said Woo. "When you want multiple applications to perform at their best, you want the best application processor currently available—the Exynos 5 Octa."

Samsung's flagship mobile chip houses four Cortex A15 processing cores to throw at intensive processing tasks, and four additional Cortex A7 cores for lighter workloads. According to Samsung, this design lends itself to up to 70 percent higher energy efficiency compared to previous quad-core Exynos parts.

It's going to be a fun year in the mobile space. In addition to Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa, Qualcomm announced a high-end SoC of its own, the Snapdragon 800. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 800 offers up to 75 better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro that resides in only a handful of high-end handsets.

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