First look at Samsung Orion ARM Cortex-A9
To illustrate how much of a game-changer this might be, let's look at some numbers. CPU-wise most top-end smartphones like the iPhone 4 use Cortex-A8 CPU clocked at around 1GHz which, we found running pretty fast. Now, Cortex-A9 sports some new features for an ARM processor like out-of-order executions and two core units. Orion tops the cake with clock speed of up to 2GHz and the GPU power of Mali-400. For even more insight read our initial impressions here.
Actually the news does not end here. ARM just introduced the next-gen Mali-T604 embedded GPU, which promises two to five times better performance over Mali-400. Open CL and DirectX are all supported and it is set to come out along with the ARM Cortex-A15 "Eagle" CPU in the bright, bright future. That's when we start dreaming about Crysis-like graphics. Impressive? Now think battery life if you got too excited and don't forget to comment.
1. skymitch89 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
This is crazy!! If the mobile CPUs & GPUs keep advancing at this rate, I think that they should use them in netbooks and tabs.
2. Cedo (unregistered)
Yeah, maybe, if it weren't for the fact that netbook and tablet CPUs and GPUs are advancing also.
By the time these come out there will be better and faster processors for the netbooks and such.
8. none (unregistered)
they already have released a few Smartbooks with Arm processors..
3. nikz (unregistered)
you need atleast 2500mAh battery to feed this monster ,even for a day!!
5. Yassham (unregistered)
The iPhone 4 Use A Apple A4 Chipset Not A Cortex A8 Clocked ' !!
7. Boz (unregistered)
Sorry to burst you bubble but the "Apple A4" is a Cortex A8 based chip. Wiki is your friend =)
6. imuxx (unregistered)
Wow this sounds amazing. I spose a nuclear powered phone would be ideal to feed power into this chip :)
9. stubborn_d0nkey (unregistered)
iPhone 4's chip is called A4 but the architecture of the chip IS cortex-A8
10. TechU (unregistered)
Yeah, But can it run the x264 AVC Encoder at a good speed ;) in 2011