Samsung joins the dual-core onslaught with the Orion chipset

Samsung joins the dual-core onslaught with the Orion chipset
After Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, it was Samsung's turn to announce its own dual-core chipset for mobile devices. The system-on-a-chip (SoC) is codenamed Orion, it is based on the dual-core Cortex-A9 architecture from ARM, and will have the cores running at 1GHz. Samsung claims it will be 5 times faster in graphics rendering than its current Hummingbird, as found in the Galaxy S and its US carrier versions. Well, let's hope that having full Adobe Flash on our smartphones will come standard now, no performance excuses can be possible this time.

Last time we checked, the PowerVR SGX540 GPU in the Hummingbird chipset was theoretically capable of 90 million triangles per second. That puts the Orion GPU at 450 million, only a bit less than the Xbox 360's 500 million that the gaming console is currently offering, for example.

Apart from that amazing boost in graphics prowess, the Orion will offer what all the other 45nm dual-core SoCs like the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon, and TI's OMAP4 will. Full HD video recording and decoding at 30fps, support for cameras up to 18MP, and support for up to three displays simultaneously - two on the device itself, and one external HDTV, for example, via HDMI-out. The Cortex-A9 chipsets also should deliver 30% reduction in power consumption, so all the goodies above will come in an even thriftier package that will further enhance battery life on mobile devices.

The other interesting thing about the Orion SoC is that it will have embedded interface support for various storage technologies - NAND flash, moviNAND, SSD or HDD providing both SATA, and eMMC interfaces. Thus the chipset can be used in netbooks and tablets with enhanced storage options as well. It has the audio and GPS chips included, but not the baseband connectivity, where Snapdragon has clear advantage - it is still A8 based, however .

Samsung's Orion chipset has already finished sampling and will be shipped to "select customers" in Q4 of this year, with Samsung ramping up production in the first half of 2011, which means we should have an Orion-based device next year - Galaxy S 2 anyone?

We wonder what those "select customers" are, besides Samsung itself of course, which uses the Hummingbird in the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab. We currently have only one major player left to announce a dual-core chipset for its next generation of mobile devices - Apple. Considering that the Hummingbird and A4 are developed by the same company, and Samsung's traditional ties with Apple for the previous generations of iPhones, could we be seeing a dual-core iPhone next summer? It's a speculation, but we doubt that Steve Jobs will allow the company to be left in the dust in that respect, moreover it now owns Intrinsity, the company behind the sizzling Hummingbird and A4 chipsets.

source: Samsung



1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Maybe the GALAXY S 2 will have this - can't wait to see it.....

3. Russki

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 26, 2009

My dream phone: Orion dual core mobile Processor 1GB of virtual memory 16GB onboard with sd-card slot expandable to 32GB Dolby Digital Aux Imput HDMI port 1540mAh battery 10 Megapixel Camera w/ dual LED flash Physical Qwerty 4inch Super AMOLED screen with same resolutionas iPhone 4 Android 2.2 without enhancements (no sence, or blur) 6-axcel Accelerometer Open GL/DirectX support for 3d gaming LTE/CDMA EVDO Rev. A Cumon someone make this please! 2012

4. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

I don't think it's too much to ask! The HD3/HD7 from HTC, should get 8/10 right for your wish list.

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