Samsung debuts Exynos 5 Octa SoC

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Samsung's flagship Exynos 5 is a dual-core mobile chip that powers the company's ARM-based Google Chromebook, a versatile device which is also capable of running various flavors of Linux, including Ubuntu.

As previously discussed on TG Daily, there is quite a lot of pent up demand for the device and not just because of its cloud-centric OS. Rather, the Samsung Chromebook is one of the first real mobile implementations of ARM’s long-awaited Cortex-A15 processor in the form of Samsung’s Exynos 5 dual-core chip.

And now Samsung has confirmed the existence of a new Exynos chip dubbed the "5 Octa" based on ARM's big.LITTLE architecture. As the name suggests, the company is describing the SoC as an 8-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor, which pairs four high-power CPU cores with four lower-power cores.

Essentially, the two sets of cores act as load balancers, allowing the chip to seamlessly switch between higher performance requirements and low-power tasks, thereby significantly extending battery life.

The Octa chip is slated for release later this year, but in the meantime, you may want to check out Samsung's Arndale dev board which features the flagship 1.7 GHz Exynos 5 dual SoC.

The Exynos 5 dual SoC is based on ARM's dual-core Cortex-A15 MPCore chip design, as well as ARM's quad-core Mali-T604 GPU. Additional specs include 2GB of RAM, HDMI, USB, SATA, Serial and JTAG connectors, as well as support for 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi direct.

Priced at a reasonable $249, Arndale - which runs Android Jelly Bean - is targeted at the open source mobile developer community and can be used a test platform for gaming, security and multimedia apps.