The decline of the Exynos SoC: how did we come to the disappointment of the Exynos 5 Octa and where can Samsung go from here?
Samsung has chosen (or has been forced) to ship the Galaxy S4 with two different processors – one model contains the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and the other Samsung’s very own Exynos Octa. What most consumers don’t know is that Samsung might be in a position to increase the performance of Exynos Octa based Galaxy S4 devices by as much as 10 percent this summer just by releasing new software.
Most smartphones and tablets are running an ARM-based SoC, so it’s not surprising that ARM has announced that 2.6 billion chips shipped in Q1 2013 using it’s technology, resulting in revenue worth $269.9 (£170.3) million.
The Raspberry Pi is facing some stiff competition from the BeagleBone Black. The latest revision of the Beagle single board computer (SBC) is now available for just $45. The extra $10, compared to the price of a Raspberry Pi, gets you some worth while upgrades.
We understand the computer and mobile device will soon be on the same plane, and a new graphics benchmark technology may give us a better understanding of just where we stand. As we ease into the OS crossing platforms, it’s a good idea to know just where the hardware measures up… or falls short.
ARM and TSMC have issued a press released stating that the new Cortex-A57 chip has reached the “tape out” stage and is now ready for mass production.
The Exynos 5 Octa (said to be powering the Galaxy S4) contains a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU, instead of a Mali design from ARM. What does that mean for the user experience?
A newly published analysts report has investigated the potential performance of the the upcoming processors from Nvidia and Qualcomm and concluded that the Tegra 4 will outshine the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. However the caveat is that the conclusion is based on projected performance and manufacturers benchmarks!
ARM has started showing off what its new big.LITTLE architecture can do when placed in Samsung’s hands. To do this it has been demonstrating a prototype tablet using the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa at its Mobile World Congress (MWC) booth in Barcelona.
The biggest proponent of ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture so far has been Samsung which announced it will be used in its Exynos 5 Octa. ARM has now announced that five more companies including CSR, Fujitsu Semiconductor and MediaTek have licensed the big.LITTLE architecture.