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32nm application processor features 2D graphics acceleration

Posted: 13 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:32nm? High-K? HKMG? processor? Saratoga?

Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd. has just announced the demonstration of an engineering sample of its application processor using its 32nm low power High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) logic process at the 7th annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum in Taiwan.

This new application processor, codenamed Saratoga, was designed to provide a low-power, high-performance, and cost-effective solution for next generation consumer electronic products such as personal navigation devices, electronics dictionaries, and e-book readers.

 32nm Samsung Saratoga application processor

Like its 45nm predecessor, S5P6440, the 32nm Saratoga application processor is based on an ARM1176 CPU core. Featuring 2D graphics acceleration hardware, the device also implements the OpenVG application programming interface (API) standard. Not only does the processor integrate peripherals and memory interface commonly used in many CE products to reduce BOM cost, Saratoga is likewise designed with a mobile industry processor interface (MIPI) display serial interface (DSI). This minimizes the EMI and reduces the number of pins needed to connect with the display panel, greatly reducing design complexity and cost.

Senior VP of System LSI Sales and Marketing at Samsung Electronics, Dr. Kwang-hyun Kim says, "Saratoga is the world's first application processor that is implemented in this 32nm process which offers lower leakage current, higher performance, and higher gate density. We are excited to demonstrate such capability through this chip."

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