Samsung unveils new Exynos 4 Quad chip
Samsung has taken the wraps off its new Exynos 4 Quad chip for smartphone and tablet devices. As its name implies, the Exynos 4 Quad integrates four processing cores and is slated to arrive in the company's next Galaxy smartphone, expected to be announced this week. Samsung says the new chip will run at speeds of higher than 1.4 GHz and is manufactured using an advanced 32-nanometer process.
Based on the ARM Cortex-A9 design, the Exynos 4 Quad is also pin-to-pin compatible with the older Exynos 4 Dual chip. This means that manufacturers can swap in the new solution without having to re-engineer an existing smartphone or tablet design. Compared to the Exynos 4 Dual, the Exynos 4 Quad is said to pack two times the processing capability even as it consumes 20 percent less power. Moreover, it will incorporate a hardware codec engine capable of 1080p video recording and playback at 30 frames per second.
As a comparison, Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) third-generation iPad tablet uses a chip manufactured by Samsung with older 45-nanometer technology.
Quad-core chips are widely expected in Windows 8 tablets. We also reported early in April on Qualcomm preparing a quad-core version of its Snapdragon S4 processor. At a time when most smartphones and tablets on the market are dual-core, the Exynos 4 Quad chip offers a glimpse of the future of consumer devices; and they are packed with faster, multicore processors that consume even less power than previous generations.