Smartphone processors really have hit the big-time this year. We're now doubling up on cores and measuring speeds in the gigahertzes for the first time.
But that's just the start. A Samsung official has reportedly boasted that the company has a custom processor in the pipelines comprising two dedicated cores running at 2GHz – and that we'll be seeing handsets running the chip appear as soon as next year.
Korea's Maeli Business Newspaper quotes a “high-ranking official” from Samsung as making the claim, with the dual-core chip set to appear under the Exynos name and built on the familiar ARM infrastructure.
“We are planning to release a 2GHz dual core CPU-equipped smartphone by next year,” the official is quoted as saying during an interview. “This product will have the data processing capacities of a regular PC.”
The report goes on to claim that Samsung is considering licensing the next-gen processor tech to other phone manufacturers in a bid to take on the dominant Qualcomm Snapdragon family of chips.
Bring on 2012...