Dual-core Samsung Exynos 4212 gets announced, ticks at 1.5GHz, packs a faster GPU

Dual-core Samsung Exynos 4212 gets announced, ticks at 1.5GHz, packs a faster GPU
The latest member of the Exynos SoC family has just been announced at the Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum, which the company hosted in Taipei yesterday. Unveiled was the dual-core Samsung Exynos 4212, which is to succeed the 4210 chip that powers the manufacturer's current flagship smartphone, the Samsung GALAXY S II, and its respective AT&T and Sprint models.

What makes the Samsung Exynos 4212 better than its predecessor is that it ticks at 1.5GHz rather than the 1.2GHz that the 4210 is clocked at. Another step up is that it is built using a 32-nanometer process, which results in a 30% gain in power efficiency. In comparison, the Exynos 4210 was built using a 45-nanometer process. Last but not least, the 4212 packs a new graphics core, which should deliver up to 50% faster rendering of 3D graphics.

While rumor has it that the Samsung Exynos 4212 might power the Google Nexus Prime, select third party companies will be also given the chance to test the chip for use in their own smartphones or tablets. The privileged manufacturers will be provided with test samples within the fourth quarter of 2011.

Samsung Unveils its Next High-Performance Application Processor for Smartphone and Tablet Devices

TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, today introduced the latest addition to its Exynos product family – the Exynos 4212 - a dual core ARM Cortex™-A9 application processor, designed on Samsung’s advanced 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power process. With best-in-class performance, the dual-core Exynos 4212 offers mobile device systems architects a new solution designed to support a high-quality user-experience and energy-efficient requirements of smartphones and tablet devices. Samsung’s new Exynos application processor is displayed at the eighth annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum held at the Westin Taipei.

“As innovative technologies appear on the mobile landscape, the market continues to embrace further developments and performance acceleration in mobile computing,” said Seh-Woong Jeong, executive vice president of System LSI sales & marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung is addressing this trend with its powerful low-power Exynos family of processors based on its proven design technology and cutting-edge process technology for performance and power improvements at the system level.”

Leveraging its deep sub-micron expertise in high-performance/low-power technology, Samsung designed the Exynos 4212 on its 32nm low-power HKMG logic process technology with dual Cortex-A9 cores. Samsung’s 32nm HKMG process node is specifically tuned to offer a competitive, cutting-edge platform with double the logic density and a 30 percent lower power-level over the previous process generation.

In addition to the 25 percent increase in processing power, the new processor features an enhanced graphics processing unit (GPU) that is capable of delivering 50 percent higher 3D graphics performance over the previous processor generation from Samsung.

The Exynos 4212 incorporates a rich portfolio of advanced codec accelerators that support digital still images, video recording and play-back at 1080p full-HD resolution, an image signal processor and an on-chip HDMI 1.4 interface.

Samsung’s new Exynos 4212 application processor will be sampling to select customers in Q4 2011.

Samsung also launched a new website dedicated to its Exynos family of application processors. Designed to facilitate easy communication with industry partners and end users, the new micro site offers detailed product and event information as well as user experiences. More information can be found at www.samsung.com/exynos.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com. 

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1. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

lets see this in the Prime and future Motorolas. (:

5. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Let motorola make their own chipset. This is why the s2 is unique.

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Thump3rDX17 did you see the Motorola Droid 4? They should put this 1.5 GHz Exynos chip on the Droid 4. Imagine all that goodness & LTE! Wow, I would be that would be your next phone!

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Sorry man, I meant to say I would bet that..... I type too fast for my own good! :-(

21. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

that would be the phone i marry and grow old with. xD

2. harsh_732006

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

cant wait...sammy rocks..^_^

3. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

thats crazy, i wish other manufacturers would get chips like this, i dont really like samsung...


Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Samsung makes awesome hardware enough said and before any iSheep come to troll they should remember where the iPhone 4 and ipad 2 chips come from ;) can't wait to see the benchmarks for this chip I know it'll be epic....for a dual core ....

6. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

If people don't like Samsung, don't buy Samsung products. This a free world and freedom of choices, but will end up using Samsung components in other companies products. Samsung is one of the World largest components maker every companies using Samsung components at least once in every gadgets devices. Apple trying to stay away from using Samsung components this is why iPhone 5 is delay.

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I just hope it supports LTE. Because thes chips have the best benchmark scores out of all the rest of the ARM based chips and I am sure this will be no exception.

8. shollen unregistered

was planning to have s2 next month but now it seems that handset will be dwarfed by this new soc.read to wait for this soc's device.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if this is in the prime, there is no other phone on the table to think about. prime it is.

10. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

the S2 is so tempting but if this is right around the corner, no doubt you are right

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

considering at this point they are only going to be a month or 2 appart from release, i can wait for the bigger HD screen, even better processor, and garunteed upgrades. I think i finally found electronics nirvana.. lol

23. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

looks like ill sell my gs2 which i have had since may and when the prime gets released in the uk...i just want a hd amoled screen so badly...

11. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

"..select third party companies will be also given the chance to test the chip for use in their own smartphones or tablets. The privileged manufacturers....." The privileged manufacturers = not Apple :-p

14. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Why would apple even want this chip? They make their own hardware and switched to tsmc.

16. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Not necessarily because they've found something better, just because they don't want to rely on a competitor for vital parts.

17. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

This is nice. I´m happy with the S2, but when the new samsung devices arrived I simply sell the S2 & purchase a new one. That´s it.

18. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

I am hoping to see this on the Nexus Prime. My Bionic is going back for either the Prime or the Droid HD, but with this chip the Prime wins the comparison

19. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

holy s**t......!!! that exynos chip will beat the crap out of every other processor out there...until the quad cores arrive that is...

20. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Hopefully HTC puts this in the Holiday. That would make an already awesome phone that much better. But I think they're in bed with Qualcomme and their crap processors. I'm passing up the GS2 for the Holiday because at this point in time the GS2 is outdated or will be very shortly. The S3 will be announced in a few months. Hopefully Sammy gets the U.S. version to us in a timely manner next time. Because even though I was waiting on the GS2 for months, they lost my business and I'm sure I'm not the only one. And they have the balls to ask top dollar for a 6 month old device. That phone should be bargain-bin pricing by now.

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wait.. your passing up the GS2 which is superior in every way to the holliday, because u think the GS2 is going to be outdated soon?!?!?!?!? you realize that makes no sense what so ever. And samsung announcing the S3 sometime in 2012 means we wont see it in america for a year or longer since we seem to have a 6 month delay from asian launches.

24. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Great chip on paper but it will be marginalized in the market just like how RIM got marginalized.

25. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

Ok again where is the Prime?

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