Samsung Announces 2GHz, Cortex A15-based 5250 SoC for Tablets
November 30, 2011 8:15 AM
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Exynos 5250 SoC is based on Cortex-A15 architecture
The mobile market is heating up with consumers flocking to smartphones and tablets in record numbers. Samsung is looking to
strengthen its position in these markets
thanks to the new Exynos 5250 SoC which is the follow-up to the Exynos 4210 used in the popular
Galaxy S II
The Exynos 5250 is built using a 32nm low-power HKMG (High-K Metal Gate) process and is based on ARM Cortex A15 architecture. The dual-core Exynos 5250 operates at a speedy 2GHz and has twice the processing performance of 1.5GHz, dual-core Cortex A9 processors according to Samsung.
But CPU performance isn't the only thing that's been improved; Samsung says that the Exynos 5250 delivers four times greater graphics performance than Cortex A9 designs (memory bandwidth has doubled to 12.8GB/sec). It also adds in Stereoscopic 3D functionality and support for resolutions up to 2560x1600 (WQXGA).
The Samsung Exynos 5250 SoC is being targeted at the tablet market and will go into mass production during Q2 2012.
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RE: Incremental improvement
11/30/2011 7:33:51 PM
Eh, to say they revived a market is to suggest that market had any strength to begin with. Tablets have always been a lukewarm segment, with only a few sectors having a decided need for the form factor. As such they've always been priced with the expectation that only a few would sell.
Apple was the first to recognize that A: high-performance computing wasn't necessary for a consumer device, and B: that if you price it right people will actually buy it. When the iPad was announced at $500, everyone was surprised because they were expecting a tablet like all that have come before: Bigger, heavier, more capable, stuffed with laptop PC hardware and all the bells and whistles that come with it... and with a price tag to match.
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