Spotlight on Exynos 5 Dual
June 27, 2012
With so many different mobile application processors (APs) on the market, it can be difficult to tell them apart from one another. Some are faster; some consume less power; and some are better suited for specific tasks. The Exynos 5 Dual processor is unlike any other processor on the market. As the world’s first low-power, dual-core Cortex™-A15 mobile processor, the Exynos 5 Dual gives you WQXGA resolution and power-efficient multi-tasking abilities that are hard to rival.
ARM® Cortex™-A15 Processor
You’ve probably heard people in tech forums praising the ARM Cortex-A15 processor , but why is it such a big deal? It’s the highest performing licensable processor in the industry. By combining extremely powerful processing capabilities and low power-consumption, the Cortex-A15 is one of the best CPU options for advanced smartphones and mobile computing. Mobile devices that use chipsets based on the Cortex-A15, such as the Exynos 5 Dual, are expected to have more than five times the performance power of current high-end smartphones.
WQXGA Display Resolution
Perhaps the most important feature of the Exynos 5 Dual is that it supports WQXGA, the best possible display resolution available on mobile devices at 2560 x 1600 pixels. Before the Exynos 5 Dual was developed, there were no tablets on the market that could support such a high resolution. Now you can enjoy full HD videos and photos on your tablet with a level of clarity and sharpness that was recently only possible on high-end televisions. The high resolution also increases text readability, making online articles and eBooks as easy to read as the real thing.
Even with such a high-quality display, the Exynos 5 Dual still consumes far less power than other mobile processors. It is the first mobile AP with an integrated e-DisplayPort (eDP), a component that makes WQXGA support possible. Compared to conventional eDP interfaces, this integrated eDP consumes six times less power. The Exynos 5 Dual also supports Panel-Self-Refresh (PSR), a feature that detects still image display and conserves power by turning off unused functions. When in PSR mode, this SoC consumes 20 times less power than it does in active mode.
Full HD 60fps Video Performance
As mobile devices have progressed, users have begun to expect better video quality and stereoscopic 3D performance that necessitate more advanced video engines. To meet these needs, the Exynos team created the Exynos 5 Dual, the first mobile processor in the market to support full HD 60fps video encoding/decoding and to display stereoscopic content through an integrated HDMI v1.4.
With this level of simultaneous encoding/decoding, you can record video in full HD 60fps and also display full HD video directly on your TV via WiFi. This generally requires a lot of memory bandwidth because 1080p video must be decoded and encoded at the same time, while basic user interface and communication functions also take place. The Exynos 5 Dual has enough memory bandwidth to easily support these functions, making equipped mobile devices the perfect complement to any home entertainment system.
Best Mobile 3D Performance
Samsung engineers worked closely with ARM to create the quad-core Mali-T604, the most advanced mobile 3D engine to date. If you’re into advanced 3D gaming, the Exynos 5 Dual’s high memory bandwidth easily supports WQXGA graphic-intensive apps. The graphics engine also plays an important role in your overall screen display, making for a home screen and user interface overlay that operates smoothly.
The Exynos 5 Dual is so new to the market that tablets built on the system aren’t yet for sale. For announcements about mobile devices that will utilize the Exynos 5 Dual, keep an eye on the Samsung Exynos website.