Samsung today officially introduced what it claims is the world's first quad-core application processor built on the High-k Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power process technology. It's called the Exynos 4 Quad, a 32nm 1.4GHz quad-core processor based on the ARM Cortex A9 architecture. With twice as many cores as its predecessor, the 45nm Exynos 4 Dual, Samsung claims the Exynos 4 Quad doubles the processing potential with a 20 percent lower power footprint.
"The quad-core processor offers phenomenal multitasking abilities surpassing any single or dual application processor. Since all the cores must share a single battery, the power management and efficiency in the limited battery capacity are indispensable for mobile computing devices," said Taehoon Kim , vice president of System LSI marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. "Given the diverse functionalities consumers are demanding from their mobile devices today, the Exynos 4 Quad meets those high-performance needs while keeping power consumption very low."
One of the neat things about the Exynos 4 Quad is that it's pin-to-pin compatible with the 32nm based Exynos 4 Dual, which makes it easier for mobile device makers to adopt the new part. From a performance standpoint, Samsung says the Exynos 4 Quad is tops when it comes to heavy-load applications like 3D games, video editing, and calculation-intensive simulation.
"With Exynos 4 Quad, you experience console-like gaming wherever you go," Samsung claims .
The Exynos 4 Quad will provide the performance foundation for Samsung's upcoming Galaxy smartphone, which will be officially introduced in May, and is currently being sampled to other device makers.
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