In a press release earlier today Samsung announced an update to its Exynos line of mobile processors with the release of the Exynos 4212 a 1.5 GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9 chip. The chip is designed on Samsung's advanced 32nm low-power processes and is intended for the burgeoning smartphone and tablet market. According to Samsung's release the Exynos 4212 will deliver a full 25% increase in processing power over the previous chip and will feature an enhanced GPU capable of delivering 50% higher 3D graphics performance. All this sounds great, but if the battery dies before you can even start the game then an increase in power is useless. Not to worry, the latest processor will also consume 30% less power from the previous generation of chips.

The Exynos 4212 also incorporates a number of advanced codec accelerators supporting images, video recording and playback at 1080p full-HD, an image signal processor, and an HDMI 1.4 interface.

The processor is expected to be available to select customers, i.e. device manufacturers, in Q4 2011.

The earlier Exynos processor, the 1.2GHz dual core Exynos 4210, is the beast that powers the popular Samsung Galaxy SII device. Considering how blisteringly fast the Galaxy SII is, I cannot wait to get my hands on the phones and tablets powered by the Exynos 4212!

See the press release for full details:

Samsung Unveils its Next High-Performance Application Processor for Smartphone and Tablet Devices

Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum 2011

TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, today introduced the latest addition to its Exynos product family – the Exynos 4212 - a dual core ARM Cortex™-A9 application processor, designed on Samsung’s advanced 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power process. With best-in-class performance, the dual-core Exynos 4212 offers mobile device systems architects a new solution designed to support a high-quality user-experience and energy-efficient requirements of smartphones and tablet devices. Samsung’s new Exynos application processor is displayed at the eighth annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum held at the Westin Taipei.

“As innovative technologies appear on the mobile landscape, the market continues to embrace further developments and performance acceleration in mobile computing,” said Seh-Woong Jeong, executive vice president of System LSI sales & marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung is addressing this trend with its powerful low-power Exynos family of processors based on its proven design technology and cutting-edge process technology for performance and power improvements at the system level.”

Leveraging its deep sub-micron expertise in high-performance/low-power technology, Samsung designed the Exynos 4212 on its 32nm low-power HKMG logic process technology with dual Cortex-A9 cores. Samsung’s 32nm HKMG process node is specifically tuned to offer a competitive, cutting-edge platform with double the logic density and a 30 percent lower power-level over the previous process generation.

In addition to the 25 percent increase in processing power, the new processor features an enhanced graphics processing unit (GPU) that is capable of delivering 50 percent higher 3D graphics performance over the previous processor generation from Samsung.

The Exynos 4212 incorporates a rich portfolio of advanced codec accelerators that support digital still images, video recording and play-back at 1080p full-HD resolution, an image signal processor and an on-chip HDMI 1.4 interface.

Samsung’s new Exynos 4212 application processor will be sampling to select customers in Q4 2011.

Samsung also launched a new website dedicated to its Exynos family of application processors. Designed to facilitate easy communication with industry partners and end users, the new micro site offers detailed product and event information as well as user experiences. More information can be found at www.samsung.com/exynos.

Source: Press Release and Samsung Exynos

Abhiroop Basu
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  • Vchan13

    Bring on the Prime..!!! ;-)

    • http://www.abhiroopbasu.com Abhiroop Basu

      Optimus, Sentinel, or Nexus?

      • Nocturnhabeo

        Giedi Prime

        Fear is the mind killer

  • Germian

    Man, I really hope they don't give a damn about OMAP and take this one for the Nexus Prime especially with the delay of the OMAP 4460 :/

  • Lincoln

    The ONLY way I see the Nexus Prime NOT having this chip is if Google and Samsung came out of left field and put the Tegra3 Kal-El up in there.

    I don't see that happening though as my head would explode from the shear awesomeness that would be.

  • Zomby

    The move from 45nm to 32nm allowed them to gain a boost in performance while still decreasing power cunsumption. Let's hope it allowed them to reduce heat dissipation too because my GS2 tends to run a little hot on graphics-intensive games.

    • http://www.abhiroopbasu.com Abhiroop Basu

      Good point! Less heat would be a good thing.

    • Rui

      Less power consumption helps decreasing the heat while operating.

  • max

    This chip should be samsungs solution to Apples A5!!!

    I bought an epic 4g and am loving it, too bad its already out of style lol.

  • curiouser

    Actually, CPU-wise the exynos is pretty much on par with the A5 they make for apple.

    The only big difference is the A5's ridiculously powerful GPU, something that might start to matter as HD phones become common...

  • Sorin

    I thought there were a couple of quad-core processors running at 1.5 or 1.7 GHz coming in October, including the Kal-El from NVIDIA? Why would anyone buy a phone with a dual-core processor and no 3D display and camera anymore?

  • SparklingCyaNide

    Wow, nice! I really do hope that this is the chip powering the Nexus Prime, that would be a dream. - D

  • L boogie

    There's a strong possibility that the next galaxy phone or tablet would have this SoC inside maybe galaxy s 2.5 or even the future u.s-bound galaxy note but I would love to see this exynos chip inside the upcoming nexus prime

  • Jim

    Let me guess it wont work with Tmobile's HSPA+??????