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Samsung launches new dual core ARM Cortex processor

Samsung Electronics has introduced its latest addition to its Exynos product family – the Exynos 4212 – a dual core ARM Cortex-A9 application processor, designed on Samsung’s advanced 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power process.

The dual-core Exynos 4212 supports a high-quality user-experience and energy-efficient requirements of smartphones and tablet devices. Samsung’s new Exynos application processor was displayed recently at the eighth annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum held at the Westin Taipei.

In addition to the 25 percent increase in processing power, the new processor features an enhanced graphics processing unit (GPU) that is capable of delivering 50 percent higher 3D graphics performance over the previous processor generation from Samsung.

“As innovative technologies appear on the mobile landscape, the market continues to embrace further developments and performance acceleration in mobile computing,” said Seh-Woong Jeong, executive vice president of System LSI sales & marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung is addressing this trend with its powerful low-power Exynos family of processors based on its proven design technology and cutting-edge process technology for performance and power improvements at the system level.”

Samsung has designed the Exynos 4212 on its 32nm low-power HKMG logic process technology with dual Cortex-A9 cores. Samsung’s 32nm HKMG process node is specifically tuned to offer a competitive, cutting-edge platform with double the logic density and a 30 percent lower power-level over the previous process generation, the company said in a statement.

The Exynos 4212 incorporates advanced codec accelerators that support digital still images, video recording and play-back at 1080p full-HD resolution, an image signal processor and an on-chip HDMI 1.4 interface.

Samsung said the new Exynos 4212 application processor will be provided as a sample to select customers beginning the fourth quarter of 2011.

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