A few months back, we talked about the Exynos SoC by Samsung and it being one of the fastest pieces of hardware for tablets and smartphones. The time has come for it to be ready for production. Sammy Hub is reporting that Samsung has made it official that the Exynos 5250 SoC would go into production in the second quarter of 2012. Samsung made this announcement at the recent earnings call. The new SoC is now ready for sampling, which means other manufacturers interested in using this SoC could approach Samsung.
Pushing to the limit
Samsung’s initial aim is to implement this SoC into tablets and smartphones would follow, later. The interesting feature about the Exynos 5250 is that it uses two Cortex A15 processors clocked at 2GHz. With this kind of firepower, it can easily handle a a 2560×1600 resolution display. In terms of graphics performance, it’s supposedly some four times more powerful than Cortex A9. Of course, there’s no phone or tablet that’s expected to come built with a display supporting 2560×1600, but he possibilities for this kind of SoC are endless. It could end up in a high-definition TV and a media player device amongst others.
This kind of advancement also benefits Samsung in many ways. With a strong smartphone and tablet business, this kind of performance boost should help them take the competition to the upcoming Apple iPad 3 tablet. So far, Apple has depended on Samsung for their processors. The upcoming Apple iPad 3’s A6 processor will most likely not be manufactured by Samsung, but instead by TSMC. There are already rumours that the iPad 3 would be out sometime in early February and the next iPhone 5 to be shown off at WWDC later in the year. The iPad 3 is rumoured to have a quad-core processor. Any tablets based on Samsung’s new hardware would most likely only hit markets in Q3 of 2012 and phones, maybe later.