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App processor based on 64bit ARMv8 architecture

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Samsung Electronics? application processor? modem? CPU? ARM?

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has introduced the Exynos 8 Octa 8890 as the latest member of its Exynos family of application processors. This chip is the company's second premium application processor built on 14mm FinFET process technology.

Unlike the previous Exynos 7 Octa 7420, the Exynos 8 Octa is an integrated one-chip solution that features the company's first custom designed CPU based on 64bit ARMv8 architecture and the latest LTE Rel.12 Cat.12/13 modem.

The Exynos 8 Octa is Samsung's first application processor to include the company's initial premium custom CPU cores based on 64bit ARMv8 architecture providing over 30 per cent improvement in performance and 10 per cent in power efficiency compared to the Exynos 7 Octa, noted the company. This chip also supports enhanced heterogeneous multiprocessing for efficient usage of the eight cores, four custom and four ARM Cortex-A53, to deliver the highest performance and power efficiency in its class, added the company.

Exynos 8 Octa 8890

The integrated one-chop solution combines the application processor and modem. The Exynos 8 Octa integrated the most advanced LTE Rel.12 Cat.12/13 modem that enables maximum download speed of up to 600Mb/s (Cat.12) and upload speed of up to 150Mb/s (Cat.13) with carrier aggregation, the company said. With such a high data transfer rate, the Exynos 8 Octa will contribute to delivering an excellent mobile experience, allowing users to enjoy and share high resolution video content on the go with ease, Samsung stated. Also the one-chip solution benefits OEMs with a reduced number of parts needed and overall space required for a device, allowing more flexible design options.

For a graphic-intensive user interface, highly immersive 3D gaming and life-like virtual reality experiences, the Exynos 8 Octa employs ARM's latest GPU, Mali T880. Samsung plans to begin mass production of the Exynos 8 Octa in late 2015.

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