Samsung Electronics has introduced the latest addition to the Exynos product family with top level of graphic performance driven by a six-core ARM Mali-T628 GPU processor for the first time in the industry. With mobile use case scenarios becoming increasingly complex, this eight-core ARM Cortex application processor gives designers a powerful and energy efficient tool to build multifaceted user interface capabilities directly into the system architecture.
The Exynos 5 Octa based on ARM Mali-T628 MP6 cores, boosts 3D graphic processing capabilities that are over two times greater than the Exynos 5 Octa predecessor.
The newest member of the Exynos family is able to perform General-Purpose computing on Graphics Processing Units (GPGPU) accelerating complex and computationally intensive algorithms or operations, traditionally processed by the CPU. This product also supports OpenGL® ES 3.0 and Full Profile Open CL 1.1, which enables the horsepower needed in multi-layer rendering of high-end, complex gaming scenarios, post-processing and sharing of photos and video, as well as general high-function multi-tasking operations.
ARM welcomed the latest addition to the successful Exynos Octa 5 series. Commenting Pete Hutton, executive vice president & general manager, Media Processing Division, ARM said “ARM big.LITTLE and ARM Artisan Physical IP technologies continue to be at the heart of the Octa series and now complement the new functionality brought by ARM GPU Compute. This combination enables capabilities in areas such as facial detection and gesture control, and brings desktop-quality editing of images and video to mobile devices.”
The newest Exynos processor is powered by four ARM Cortex-A15-processors at 1.8GHz with four additional Cortex-A7-cores at 1.3 GHz in a big.LITTLE processing implementation. This improves the CPU processing capability by 20 percent over the predecessor by optimizing the power-saving design.
In addition, the multiple image compression (MIC) IP block inside this System-on-Chip successfully lowers the total system power when bringing pictures or multimedia from memory to display panel. This feature results in maximizing the usage hours of mobile devices with a high-resolution display such as WQXGA (2500×1600), in particular when browsing the web or doing multimedia application requiring the frequent screen refresh.
The new Exynos 5 Octa processor also features a memory bandwidth of 14.9 gigabytes per second paired with a dual-channel LPDDR3 at 933MHz, enabling an industry-leading fast data processing and support for full HD Wifi display. This new processor also incorporates a variety of full HD 60 frames per second video hardware codec engines for 1080p video recording and playback.
The new family of devices is currently sampling to customers and is scheduled for mass-production in August.