Quad-core Exynos 5440 by Samsung is a Cortex A15-based SoC

Quad-core Exynos 5440 by Samsung is a Cortex A15-based SoC
We already know a few things about the Samsung Exynos 5 Dual SoC, also known as the Exynos 5250. It is one of the first chips based on ARM's Cortex A15 processors and it is paired with Mali T604 GPU – a very potent hardware combo that should outperform even some of the quad-core chips in use today. However, this isn't the most powerful piece of silicon that Samsung is currently developing.

Evidence suggests that a Samsung Exynos 5440 is already in the works. This new SoC will be of the quad-core kind and will also utilize Cortex A15 processors. All this lines up nicely with the rumors about a new 28nm chip that Samsung is currently being tested.

What device the Exynos 5440 chip will be used in remains a mystery, but one of the probable candidates could be the Samsung Galaxy S IV. Rumor has it that the SoC might end up being clocked at up to 2.0GHz. The exact frequency, at which the Exynos 5440 can run, is not being mentioned by the source, however, so the chip's maximum clock speed could be lower. 

We hope to learn more about the quad-core Exynos 5440 during the first months of 2013. Details about the new chip might be announced at MWC 2013, which kicks off on February 25.

source: Kernel.org via Sammy Hub



43. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Well, according to Qualcomm it is. Qualcomm said that Adreno 320 has about the same graphic power as Xbox360. And Mali t-604 is more poweful than adreno 320 so by that logic mali t-604 is more powerful than Xbox360.

39. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Samsung exynos 5250 already has the strongest GPU, if exynos 5440 will have it a little bit overclocked then it is going to be a beast. Mali T-604 is already more powerful than XBOX 360. And quad-core A-15 is going to be more efficient than quad-core A-9. Exynos 4412 which is A-9 is already efficient, so I can immagine that exynos 5440 will be even more efficient. The only SoC that will be able to compete with exynos 5440 is Tegra 4 with Kepler GPU. S4 pro will be out of the ´´performance´´ game, the only thing where S4 pro will be better is that it has an integrated 4G modem.

42. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

The mali 604 is not faster or stronger then the Xbox360 or the PS3

37. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I also remember the nexus 10 runs at 2560 × 1600. So why would 1080p be a problem for the a15 duel core ? Also, there is the fact than Samsung has already stated that the a15 quad would first be used in tabs, tv's & notebooks.

38. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Do you really think Samsung would release the Galaxy S IV with a dual-core instread of a quad-core? I think you know the answer to that is no. Samsung's baby is the Galaxy S line. Tab's, tv's & notebooks are all second fiddle compared to the Galaxy S line. If anything gets a quad-core Exynos 5440 it will be the Galaxy S IV, then everything you just mentioned.

32. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Samsung is not going 2 put 5440 in the sg4. Even at 28nm, it would use 2 much battery & it would be overkill. The duel core a15 wil be more than enough power.

35. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That is DEFINITELY not going to happen. A 28nm quad-core Samsung Exynos 5440 will be VERY efficient, just like the 28nm quad-core Qualcomm Krait S4 Pro. Remember the Samsung Galaxy S IV is going to have a 1080p True HD Super AMOLED screen. It's definitely going to get a quad-core Exynos 5440.

29. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

the preparation of the new iphonexxx eater

28. KennyWRX unregistered

You would think that with current CPUs, Android could have better UI performance (ala iOS/WP) but no, even w/ dual and even quad core T3 CPUs, UI performance is a step down compared to iOS/WP. To me, this points to a low level design flaw in Android which I hope gets fixed soon. On another note, I would like to see this chip end up inside a Google Chromebook much like the one recently introduced.

27. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

The smart phone industry is getting to the point where number of cores really doesn't matter. I feel manufacturers should be concentrating more on the user experience through continued improvements in areas such as software optimization, battery endurance, and productivity based solutions. Instead, they seem to be competing in this never-ending race of raw specs and synthetic benchmarks.

34. temodumbadze

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

you`re so right,they have gone f**kin far with these resolutions and processors instead of making nicecly optimized software and optimized apps

23. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Well, I'm not much of a spec-geek, but this is certainly nice to have. Though knowing Samsung, it'll be around 1.4 ~ 1.6 Ghz

15. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

I wish theirs Mali can compete with PowerVR GPU and then they have a real winner.

10. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

note iii I imagine, with quad- core Exynos 5440 the dream of a geek would come true. couple that with full HD crop of screen already rolling out and you have an amazing toy in your hands!

9. jove39

Posts: 2154; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Awesome...now this beast will rule all of 2013...cant't think of any other 4core arm based soc challenging exynos (I do have expectations from Tegra4 but based on past...Tegra (Tegra3 vs Exynos4) won't be able to beat Exynos)

13. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

I do have thesame high expectations for the Tegra4 though I'm still skeptical/cutious as to how good is the GPU that will come with it.

22. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

tegra 3 relies on older manifacturing process, that why it can't beat exynos 4. when tegra 4 comes out, it will have the near processing raw power as other A15 SoC, the real competition is their GPU

25. jove39

Posts: 2154; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well performance isn't based on manufacturing process...well little bit...28nm has thermal advantages allowing higher clocks and die shrink...but Tegra3 suffers more serious problem...it has single channel memory interface...just look at quadrant scores carefully...it shows separate colors on bar for cpu, memory, io and 2d and 3d

8. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

a dual core exynos 5 could run 2560x1600 screen without any hiccups. i wonder what quad core could do on full hd resolution, although i hope they could upgrade the gpu to give even better performance on gaming and intensive tasks

12. TheCynicalTechie

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

It is not really "without any hiccups," there are performance drops in the Nexus 10 tablet. It is speedy overall, but not all the time.

16. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

well, we should compromise it as even for dekstop & notebook, 2560x1600 is possibly the highest resolution for daily consumer use.

24. jove39

Posts: 2154; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well...Exynos5 is no doubt best SOC...well...almost as good as Apple's A6x...hiccups are often due to badly written apps...read an article yday on G+...writer investigated 3rd party twitter client which had issues of overdraw...just a code issue...not HW/SOC!

41. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

You know they exynos is not the reason why it run fast right? The GPU which is independ of the CPU is why the N10 was about to run it. The mali604 is from ARM not samsung.

4. redmd

Posts: 1970; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

ah I can't wait for galaxy note 3!

36. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

I love my Galaxy Note 2. But yes I will buy the Galaxy Note 3.

3. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

And apple sticks with dual core A9 chips. Haw haw haw.

19. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Actually iphone 5 is not A9.

30. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Actually it's a costum bdesing SOC, Like the S4 Krait.Apple doesn't need a killer CPU to run smoother. What is has on the olther hand is a killer GPU witch is what really needs improvement : gaming in android is laggy unlike in ios. Just check GLBenchmark in anandtech to see that iphones are always on top ==> anandtech.com/show/6440/google-nexus-4-review/3

40. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

* costum design sorry

2. MeoCao unregistered

Better be quick Sammy!

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