Samsung Exynos 5410 could get software update to become true octa-core chip
posted by Alan F. / Sep 11, 2013, 10:07 AM
The interesting news this morning is that HMP can be added to the Samsung Exynos 5410, already used in the GT-i9500 version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, via a software update. The update should also work on the Exynos 5420 which has already been seen on video with HMP, using all 8 cores at once. That is potentially electrifying news for those with the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 as well as for those with the international model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Meizu MX3.
Meizu has already announced that the Meizu MX3 will be getting an HMP update later this year to convert the Exynos silicon in that flagship model into a true octa-core. And yes, Samsung could do the same to its devices sporting an Exynos 5. The bottom line could be a more powerful and efficient device that can transform the inner workings of your handset thanks to a mere software update.
source: Meizu (translated), gizChina via UnwiredView
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Nice. This is truly innovating on the part of ARM and Samsung for allowing a software upgrade to do this instead of a hardware upgrade. This gives additional life to the international S4.
posted on Sep 11, 2013, 10:12 AM 15
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It's not gonna happen for the S4 as the latter has already gone halfway through its lifespan before the S5 is announced in about 6 months. Samsung isn't going to unleash the marketing of "true octacore" via a simple update. That moniker will be reserved for something grand and new, in the form of its next flagship device. However, the Note 3 might still be eligible, although it is already packing a newer Exynos chipset with a lot of more CPU and GPU power relative to other handsets on the market right now. So, my guess is - no true octacore update for Note 3 either. The only solid possibility is after the S5 reveal, when the S4 is refreshed into the S4 Plus.
posted on Sep 11, 2013, 10:45 AM 2
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i guess Note 3 will be a true octacore. i read this on XDA Forum - a guy asked about the difference between exynos 5410(S4) and the new 5420(N3). Q: " read in the S4 forum that the Exynos 5410 is affected by a bug at the Corelink which caused some slow downs in the switch between A7 and A15 cores. Is the Exynos 5420 bugfree?" A: "Exynos 5410 had its CCI disabled - a hardware limitation, not a bug. The CCI is enabled in 5420" According to the answer, im not sure how they're gonna update 5410 if its a "hardware limitation", according to him. 5420 doesnt have this "limitaion", so..... Q: "Do we actually know if the 5420 supports the HMP (Heterogenius MultiProcessing)? If it does, will we have to wait for a software upgrade? (kernel?)" A: "It does support all the 3 processing types. Latest linux kernel has the support." i dont understand about programing, not sure about the answers, if they're tottaly true, but it seems about right.
posted on Sep 11, 2013, 1:55 PM 0
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It has been not a true octa core ? then samsung lied :D
posted on Sep 11, 2013, 10:17 AM 4
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I wonder how hot the phones will be in true 8-core mode? GS 4 in game mode will literally be too hot to hold....
posted on Sep 11, 2013, 10:20 AM 4
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It's more like the other way around; if you're doing the same amount of work on a quad core processor on a Octacore, temperatures will be lower as there is less strain on each individual core; also the battery life would be more efficient.
posted on Sep 11, 2013, 8:39 PM 0
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I thought the Galaxy Note 3 is using the 5420.
posted on Sep 11, 2013, 10:23 AM 2
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i don't think this is something that can be done by just a software update.. as it has to do with how the processor cores interact with each-other & transfer the load. as per what i understand, this new feature might be enabled in the newer 5420 SoC or may be with the newer batches of 5410 & 5420.. i may be wrong also..
posted on Sep 11, 2013, 10:46 AM 1
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Are you the engineer behind Exynos 5410 So u can say it can't be happen....
posted on Sep 11, 2013, 11:07 AM 7
specs, specs, its all about OS...
posted on Sep 11, 2013, 11:09 AM 0
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Give us battery that last a week and minimum 128gb internal storage then we can talk about octa core or 4k video (to all manufacturer not just Samsung)
posted on Sep 11, 2013, 11:53 AM 1
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You're demanding a Ferrari with a Toyota price. It's never going to happen.
posted on Sep 11, 2013, 12:08 PM 3
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I'll take the Toyota as it will run off a tank of gas for a week, the Ferrari will be out of gas in 1/4th the time. I like to get where I'm going without having to plan my route accoring to filling stations. Samsung has a nice 128 GB internal storage, but Seagate just dropped the bomb of 500GB internal storage for slim tablets, I wonder if they can use the same tech to toss 250GB storage in a cellular device?
posted on Sep 11, 2013, 5:44 PM 1
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