CES 2013: Samsung reveals eight-core Exynos 5 Octa chip

CES 2013: Samsung reveals eight-core Exynos 5 Octa chipWe’ve had a fair bit of processor-related news from CES 2013 this week, including the Nvidia Tegra 4 and Qualcomm talking up the Snapdragon 800.

Not to be outdone, Samsung has lifted the lid on something called the Exynos 5 Octa chip. Remember yesterday I was joking about going octo-core?

Tearing Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa to bits, we have two sets of four cores yielding octo-core glory.

Specifically, there are four ARM Cortex-A15 cores for performance, and a second set of four ARM Cortex-A7 cores for lighter workloads.

Samsung promises awesome battery life for Exynos 5 Octa devices by switching between the two sets of four cores – and only pulling out the big guns when necessary.

Indeed, Samsung reckons the Exynos 5 Octa will yield 70% lower power consumption than the Exynos 5 Dual, which currently powers the Google Nexus 10 tablet.

We’re not sure when to expect the Exynos 5 Octa to appear, but inevitably it’ll make its way to high-end Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets in due course. Samsung Galaxy S IV, maybe? Let the rumours begin.

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Pondlife  Jan. 10, 2013 at 14:41

I need someone to explain why if something doesn't need much power it needs four low power cores to do it...

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 10, 2013 at 14:57

It's the Obama effect all over again - yes, we can, and so we will. But that'll really speed up
KIES... oh, wait...

Pondlife  Jan. 10, 2013 at 15:25

The 70% lower consumption sounds impressive though, could lead to truly decent battery life.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 10, 2013 at 15:58

Pondlife,
Lets face it: they'll find a way to take those 70% and add some nonsense that'll use it up... Happens all the time.

Pondlife  Jan. 10, 2013 at 16:18

Or it'll be under very precise circumstances that aren't real world plausible.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 10, 2013 at 16:48

Or it'll be under very precise circumstances that aren't real world plausible.
That's a given, I feel.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 10, 2013 at 16:48

Pondlife,
Lets face it: they'll find a way to take those 70% and add some nonsense that'll use it up... Happens all the time.

Also a given.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 10, 2013 at 16:49

Remember how dual and quad core devices were meant to use less battery? Yeah...that.

Pondlife  Jan. 10, 2013 at 16:51

And the fifth slower core...

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