Samsung Exynos 5 Octa eight-core processor makes its CES 2013 debutAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Hot on the heels of the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 for Verizon and the availability details for the ATIV Odyssey, Samsung today made another mobile announcement that ought to get even more mobile fans excited. The company just officially introduced the Exynos 5 Octa processor, an eight-core chip that Samsung promises will be a low power, high performance piece of silicon.
Using the ARM big.LITTLE system, the Exynos 5 Octa uses two pairs of four cores each to divvy up the workloads, with the Cortex-A7 being used for basic tasks and the Cortex-A15 cores meant for more powerful work. Samsung says that this allows the Exynos 5 Octa to offer high performance as well as 70 percent higher energy efficiency when compared to the previous quad-core Exynos processor. The Exynos 5 Octa is also said to feature 3D gaming performance that's twice what is available with any other mobile processor around.
The Exynos 5 Octa is designed for use in high-end smartphones and tablets, but so far there's no word on when we might start to see these devices pop up. With today's news and the recent announcement of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 and 800 series processors, though, it definitely looks like mobile spec hounds have quite a bit to look forward to. Now we just have to wait for products equipped with these new chips to start appearing on shelves so that we can really see how they perform.