Samsung has finally released its latest system-on-chip (SoC) for tablets with the Exynos 5 Dual.
The South Korean phone maker’s Exynos SoC chips not only runs on most of its high-end smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 flagship, and tablets, but devices from competitors as well. However, the new Exynos 5 Dual comes with support for higher resolutions, even those greater than Apple’s Retina display, and the company says its chip will support up to WQXGA (2560 x 1600 pixels) display resolution.
The Samsung Exynos 5 Dual chip features a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor based on the ARM Cortex-A15 architecture. It also sports 12.8 Gbps bandwidth with 2-port 800 MHz LPDDR3 RAM for heavy traffic operations, and an ARM Mali-T604 graphics processor with support for full-profile OpenCL and OpenGL ES 2.0 as well as 60-fps 1080p HD playback for 3D stereoscopic playback/record and wireless display.
Samsung also pitches the Exynos 5 Dual to process 8-megapixel images at 30 fps and its Image Signal Processor (ISP) supports zero-shutter lag. The module’s built-in DisplayPort controller and PHY help reduce cost, power and space.
For Samsung, the Exynos 5 Dual is the first ARM Cortex-A15 SoC to use its 32nm High-K metal gate process node.
Like most ARM Cortex-A15 processors, the Exynos 5 Dual is likely to settle in tablets, rather than smartphones.