Samsung announces dual-core Cortex A9 processor for mobile devices


Samsung today unveiled its new 1GHz ARM Cortex A9-based dual-core application processor (codename Orion). It was designed with tablets, netbooks and smartphones devices in mind.

“Consumers are demanding the full web experience without compromise while on the go,” said Dojun Rhee, vice president of Marketing, System LSI Division, Samsung Electronics. “Given this trend, mobile device designers need an application processor platform that delivers superb multimedia performance, fast CPU processing speed, and abundant memory bandwidth. Samsung’s newest dual core application processor chip is designed specifically to fulfill such stringent performance requirements while maintaining long battery life.”

Orion will come with dual 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores, each with a 32KB data cache and a 32KB instruction cache. Also included are a 1MB L2 cache, a video encoder/decoder supporting 30fps video playback and 1080p video recording, built0in GPS, and support for two simultaneous on-device displays and a third external display using a built-in HDMI 1.3a interface.

Mass production of the Orion chipset is scheduled to start in the first half of 2011 but select customers will have it by the end of the year.

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