Imagination Technologies has finally confirmed that Samsung’s flagship system-on-chip, the Exynos 5410 Octa, does indeed run an IT core, the PowerVR SGX544MP. This marks a significant move, for Samsung, away from ARM’s Mali solutions which equipped the Exynos 4 series.
The Octa is the first SoC to come with eight cores and was one of the first to apply ARM’s big.SMALL power saving scheme in a marketable product. The Exynos 5410 combined four Cortex-A15 cores with four power saving Cortex-A7 ones which were used for lighter tasks.
The chip is expected to be used in the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, which is set to be launched on Thursday evening (UK time) in New York. Other sources have claimed that the handset will instead use a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC like all the other recently-launched quad-core smartphones (Sony Xperia Z, LG Optimus G Pro and HTC One).
We saw the Exynos 5410 Octa live at MWC and even managed to get hold of an Antutu benchmark. We also briefly played with a Samsung tablet prototype on ARM’s booth which contained the chip.
As for the interim statement Imagination Technologies issued, it highlighted the partners that it has recruited and with regards to MIPS, confirmed that they have “begun to stabilise and strengthen MIPS traditional markets including networking, infrastructure, home entertainment and servers”.