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Samsung Introduces First Cortex A15 Application Processor

Samsung has surprised the semiconductor world by announcing the launch of the Exynos 5250 which is based on the ARM Cortex A15.

The chip, which is fabbed using a 32nm manufacturing process, will be released in products in the second half of 2012 and will be clocked at up to 2GHz.

The application processor can deliver nearly twice the number of instructions per second compared to an equivalent Samsung Cortex A9-based chipset clocked at 1.5GHz (like an overclocked Exynos 4210). That's 14 billion DMIPS compared to 7.5 billion DMIPS.

This means that a dual core A15 should be able to match a quad core Cortex A9 easily and win outright on single threaded applications.

More impressive is the fact that the 5250 will support resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 pixels, which is almost twice the number of pixels on a full HD screen (1920 x 1080 pixels).

Samsung did not reveal what GPU it is using but we suspect that it is an ARM-based Mali-T604 rather than a Mali-400.

Other features include an embedded displayport, double memory bandwidth compared to current dual core processors (going from 6.4GBps to 12.8GBps), HDMI, 1080p video recording, the ability to capture eight megapixel pictures at 30FPS, support for USB 3.0, SATA and more.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.