Forget about dual-core or quad-core processors in mobile devices, as the EE Times reports that Samsung will be unveiling an 8-core ARM chip next February at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. At the conference, which will also include new technologies from Intel and Nvidia, it is expected that Samsung will preview the new system-on-a-chip with two quad-core clusters.
The first cluster is clocked at 1.8 GHz and is intended for high performance apps, while the other runs at 1.2 GHz and is designed for energy efficiency. It’ll be interesting to see if an eight-core mobile processor ever makes it into a future iPhone model, especially since Samsung is the company’s manufacturing partner for chips of this nature.
“The chip clearly parallel’s ARM’s description of a big.little architecture using its 32-bit A15 and A7 cores. In October, ARM said the approach is delivering greater than expected benefits and expects it will become widely used in smartphones.
‘We expect the Samsung part is the first big.little processor,’ said Kevin Krewell, senior analyst with market watcher Linley Group (Mountain View, Calif.). ‘The A7 cores should be capable of handling most [smartphone] tasks, with the A15 cores only required for maximum performance needs, like video games,’ he said.”