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
12/1/2011 6:49:09 AM
Um, most smartphones were kicking the bejesus out of the iPhone in terms of screen resolution, until the iPhone 4 came out. Prior to that, you couldn't read an article about smartphones without the iPhone's poor resolution being brought up.
That was pretty much from the release of the Nexus One until the iPhone 4 came to market. All you heard was "Apple better bump up their screen resolution unless they want to be left behind."
Then the iPhone 4 came out with a higher-res screen than the competition. Good on Apple for not letting their tech drift behind the competition indefinitely. Flashforward to now and you have people making weird claims that Apple are driving forward the industry and thanks to them, we will see better screens from other manufacturers in the future.
The truth; if it weren't for all those "Apple following" other manufacturers, the iPhone 4 would almost certainly have had the same display as the prior models. Competition drives the market forward. Apple and its competitors are in a constant cycle of leapfrogging each other technologically, in order to be top dog.
Strangely, you don't seem to see people saying we should thank Samsung or HTC for putting hi-res OLED screens in their phones and forcing Apple to retaliate with better specs themselves.
Apple are no different than anyone else. They innovate in some areas, they outright copy in others. They get beaten with better devices by other manufacturers and go on to beat their competitors later on by improving their next-gen hardware.
The idea that Apple are the only tech-innovator driving the market forward is a myth that needs to die. They only drive things forward because if they didn't, their competitors would leave them in their wake.
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