Quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 demoed, might be what's inside the Galaxy S III

Quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 demoed, might be what's inside the Galaxy S III
Samsung has demonstrated its first quad-core Exynos at a chip conference, and is very likely to bring the silicon to MWC as well. It let us get acquainted with the chip up close and personal at CES, an article on which you can find here, and now it has been announced for the whole wide world.

What was demonstrated were the 4-series, specifically the 4412, which is still the current Cortex-A9 cores, but made with 32nm technology as opposed to the 45nm Exynos in the Galaxy S II, meaning 35-50% higher performance and better power consumption.

Samsung is not using a 4-PLUS-1 tech like NVIDIA with Tegra 3, or other chip manufacturers, which add additional core to the main ones for the everyday tasks. 

It has just optimized the heck out of the four cores with power management features such as multiple power domains, dynamic voltage and frequency scaling, body-biasing, and thermal management control, so we expect significantly improved battery performance from devices with the 32nm Exynos.

These are the dual-core 1.5GHz Exynos 4212 with Mali-400 and the quad-core 1.8GHz 4412 with Mali-604, which seems like a prime candidate for the SGSIII, judging from a leaked slide

On another note, the 5-series Exynos, which has the new Cortex-A15 generation cores inside should be done with sampling next month - its power is likely reserved for tablets, though, but we never know what greatness is Samsung waking up to every day, so phones might be in the cards as well.

via ZDNet

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19 Comments

1. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I really hope samsung brings its A game this year, and not do a htc where they phone of the year one year then dont really try hard enough the next

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Omap5 uses 28nm lithography and exynos uses 32nm lithography.still omap5 saves more battery than exynos with equal performance.

3. lukasound

Posts: 152; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

let's wait and see ;) exynos blew all other chips made with the same lithography process out of the water through optimizations... technology for the next 10 generations of products is already here, they just dose it to us, so we always have something to spend money on... so, it's all about timing and monoply over manufacturing facilities...

11. TimTebow

Posts: 70; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

It blew nothing out of the water. An old tech tegra 2 in an S2 outbenched Exynoss. Every other manufacturer had higher resolutions so a different chip used in the same phone really shows the actual performance.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

A tegra2 in an S2. which phone was that again? Do you mean the crapdragon? It doesnt hold a candle to an exynos s2. in real life or benching. Resolution differences at that scale are minimal. Those chips are well past the point where a minor bump in resolution is a big FPS difference. They did that test with the tegra2s ad different resolutions and it ended up being something like a 1-2fps difference in benchmarks. Nothing to worry about. the size of the chip is a good indicator of power and juice consumption, but it is not the only indicator. the exynos chip delivered the most power and at the same time was way more battery efficient than the omap/tegra/crapdragon on the same die size. samsung makes these babys from the ground up, they know how to optimize them. Samsung may suck at their software, but they are hands down the kings of hardware. Besides, the OMAP5 is a long way off. By the time that comes out, they will be readying the 5xxx quadcores based on A15 designs.

4. kamejoko

Posts: 252; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Oh no! Omap5 using 28nm from TSMC with Sion/Poly transistor. SS using 32nm with HKMG transistor. With 32nm HKMG meaning 35-50% higher performance than 28nm Sion/Poly. With 32nm HKMG use less power 30% than 28nm Sion/Poly.

16. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well...that may not be true...when exynos in sgs2 and omap in gnex were compared ther performed equally...but omap's chip consumed more power...and both chips are fabricated with 45nm...google it for more details.

5. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

phones will be faster than computers in a future not so distant

7. ph00ny

Posts: 2052; Member since: May 26, 2011

That will never happen until battery tech drastically improves.

12. TimTebow

Posts: 70; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

no they won't.

6. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

So when Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8 a.k.a. Apollo, since ARM will be supported, Samsung may use Exynos in its WP8 cellphones? I can hardly wait! Go Sammy! :)

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This is what I've been waiting for can't wait till this Summer when they announce their phone

9. vikiprime

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

rocking 1.8 ghz..................... tetra-cores.

10. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

To out this into perspective, my new laptop is powered by a 1.5Ghz AMD A6 quad core. Let's see if the Exynos is as stable overclocked to 2.8Ghz as my AMD is ;-) It's amazing to see how far mobile technology is advancing. Maybe in a year or two we'll finally see Android and iOS tablets rivaling Windows and Mac laptops as far as usability and functionality.

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Id give it till probably Q1 2014 before they start to converge at a real level. Q1 2013 is going to bring us into xbox/ps3 level systems... which sounds great, but those systems are 6 years old. A generation or 2 after that and we should see real convergence.

13. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I heard Samsung gonna manufacture the Next Xbox or whatever its call

14. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

-_- microsoft manufactures the Xbox line of consoles

15. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Yeah Xbox belong to Microsoft, Microsoft chose Samsung as the Manufacturer. That's what i saw from rumors headline. Google it.

17. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Well you never know until you use 1. Most of these chips are sounding really great on paper just like last years dual core chips but some people are not happy by their performance so never judge 1 before you use it

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