The first time we heard about Samsung's Orion chipset was back in September. Two months later, we're getting our first tantalizing glimpse at what will soon be packed into your favourite TouchWiz-running gadgets. ARMdevices' inimitable Charbax got a look at Samsung's demo boards at the ARM Techcon conference, and came away with some impressive performance details. While we knew most of these specs already from the original Samsung announcement, it's always nice to see it in the flesh, so to speak.


The demo board was shown running stock Froyo fairly smoothly, and was also outputting high definition video content with ease. Charbax suspects that these chips may make their way into Samsung netbooks, but we're hoping they'll find a home in a handset or tablet some time soon, too. Unfortunately, with no official announcements forthcoming from Samsung, that hope is all we have to cling to at the minute.

In case you needed reminding, that's:

  • Dual 1 GHz A9 cores
  • 64 KB data and instruction cache
  • 1 MB L2 cache
  • HDMI 1.3a
  • Full 1080P video encode/decode at 30 fps
  • Triple display controller
  • Up to 5x the 3D graphics performance over previous Samsung processors

Source: ARMdevices via SlashGear

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Having learnt his writing techniques reading e-Books of Sherlock Holmes, Brian now spends his time /kicking, lurking, SSHing and encoding.
  • mikeymop

    If this is what's included in Samsungs Nexus iteration, and the reason it was displayed. I'm really excited for their release

  • TareX

    It's wishful thinking, but if the Nexus S comes with ORION (and it would make sense, since the Nexus Line is supposed to last a year), then I wouldn't mind if Samsung uses plastic -or cardboard for that matter- to make the phone.