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 9:11:40 PM
I don't represent the mainstream, I don't consider surfing the 'net and playing Angry Birds for 10 hours "doing something".
Some of the latest Ultrabooks have IPS screens, 5-8 hours of battery life (supposedly), and weigh around three pounds. Sure, the prices range from $800-$1300, but that includes a full-blown x86 processor (i3-i7), 4GiB of RAM, SSDs up to 128GB (at least one has a HD), and 13" displays. You could dump your tablet
PC for an Ultrabook, and run more software than is available for a tablet while benefiting from mobility. You get improved connectivity, too. The GPUs... I dunno, I read different things, some good, some bad. Apparently, HD 3000 is decent enough to replace a low end video card, so my guess is it can compete with a PowerVR on some level. Actually, it looks like the HD 3000 beats the hell out of the PowerVR offerings, but I haven't seen a direct comparison.
Still not convinced a tablet is worth it at $500.
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