First look at Samsung Orion ARM Cortex-A9

First look at Samsung Orion ARM Cortex-A9
We don't know if many of you know where the Orion constellation is on the clear night sky but we bet that you would like to take a look up to Samsung Orion. The monster of a chip might well dominate the mobile industry's future skyline with an ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core 1GHz CPU and a quad-core Mali 400 GPU on board. The hot new chip has twice the brain power and allegedly five times the graphical oomph of Samsung's Hummingbird. We are yet to see if it will make a showy appearance on Samsung's newest flagship this year or winds up on an all new Galaxy Tab or Galaxy S models next year. However, the likely scenario is that we will all have to wait up until 2011 to see the technology live.

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.

source: Engadget



1. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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!!

4. rafaelinux

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 29, 2009

Use 2500mA/h then!

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

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