Samsung Exynos 5250 Tablet & Smartphone SoC Nearing Production
Samsung announced its next-generation system-on-chip, the Exynos 5250, back in November of last year, and the company has recently boasted that the new chip has begun sampling to interested manufacturers and should hit the flat-out mass production phase in the second quarter of this year (2012).
The Exynos 5250 is special for a few reasons. One is that the chip contains two CPU cores, each based on the still-hot ARM Cortex-A15 design, running at a nice even 2.0Ghz. Secondly, the chip is reported to have four times the graphics performance of previous generation parts, although we don't quite know what sort of GPU the chip contains yet. Finally, the Exynos 5250's memory bandwidth tops out at an impressive 12.8GB/s and allows the chip to handle a display of up to 2560x1600 (WQXGA) resolution. To top it all off, the chip will be manufactured using a 32nm process.
These specs should keep the Exynos 5250's performance up to par with all of the other various SoC designs also nearing production, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and Apple's upcoming A6. Will Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S III phone be powered by an Exynos 5250? We will eventually find out.