Exynos 5 specs show up in leaked slideshow

March 19, 2012

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We’ve known about the Exynos 5250 for a while now, thanks to other rumors. As such, none of the specs leaked from the slideshow captured by SemiAccurate are breaking news, but it’s certainly nice to get confirmation, not just for the Cortex A15 CPU, but also for the Mali T604 MP4 GPU and the LPDDR3 1600 MHz RAM that this chip supports.

The Exynos 5 will have a dual-core 2 Ghz Cortex A15 chip, coupled with the next-gen Mali T604 GPU built on the Midgard GPU architecture, that should be several times more powerful than a Mali-400 (5x according to ARM). It will also have 2.1 Gpixels/s rendering speed and 12.8 GB/s 64 bit memory bandwidth, which should help a lot with 3D games, because lately memory bandwidh has been a bottleneck for mobile gaming. The whole chip will be built on Samsung’s 32nm HKMG manufacturing process.

If this chip is just being showcased right now, chances are that we will not see it at least until mid/late summer or even until fall this year. I don’t really see anything competing with it, except the Qualcomm S4 with the Adreno 320 GPU (possibly weaker than Mali T-604 too), and, even then, the S4 will need to run at slightly higher clock-speeds to be competitive.

The first device in which we’ll see this Exynos 5 should be a next-gen Galaxy Tab, as rumored before. Once we see Cortex A15 tablets with 2+ Ghz per core, and 2 GB of 1600 Mhz LPDDR3 RAM, we’ll start seeing these devices as more than just nice-to-have toys. It’s also possible we’ll see at least one smartphone rocking the Exynos 5 by the end of the year. If it will be the next Nexus device, it will be even better, though unlikely if it’s going to be made by HTC or LG.

Comments

  • hot_spare

    More details here:

    http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/product/application/detail?productId=7668&iaId=2341

    Mali-T604 is rated at 68 GFLOPs at max frequency. Even half of that would mean increase of more than 3x over Exynos 4210.

    Memory support is 32bit 2 port 800MHz LPDDR3.

    Check this out:

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/memory/display/20110222201121_Samsung_Develops_Mobile_Memory_with_Wide_I_O_Interface_Extreme_Bandwidth.html

    • Roberto Tomás

      I know this is late to repsond… is that the per-core GFLOPs for Mali T604? That’s lower than the Adreno 320, and it’s supposed to max out at 3x the Adreno 320.

      • hot_spare

        Not per core. Samsung lists 72GFLOPs. Not sure about 320 numbers yet.

        • Roberto Tomás

          okay. Its just weird because the Mali 604 was supposed to reach xbox 360 – level graphics, and that’s pretty far short.

          The Adreno 320 is also rated for 72 GFLOPs I think, just about the same, a bit lower really, as the A6X’s powervr mp4 (latest apple).

          The Mali 658 is said to get there (ARM claims it to get 350GFLOPs, and the xbox 360 only pushes 240) .. but its well documented that 658 only has twice the throughput + twice the cores — so 4 times the T604.
          I guess you can take the Exynos dual as a production/real-world sample for projecting the quad (which will have the 658).. so about 290GFLOPs mid next year. If so, it will be a good year for gaming tablets :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/tioz90 Thomas Tioz Tiotto

    What about Adreno 320 specs? How does it compare to Mali-T604?