We have heard rumors about the new mobile processor that Samsung is testing for its Galaxy S IV smart phone. The processor is called the Exynos 5400, which is code named ‘Adonis’. The company uses 28 nm technology, known as High-K Metal Gate (HKMG), to manufacture this application processor (AP), and if this processor makes it to the inside of any smart phone soon, it will be the first smart phone used which is a 28 nm technology chip.
The Exynos 5400 is based on the new ARM Cortex A15 architecture, and has four cores. Plus, as a bonus, the mobile application processor will come with low power consumption, yet powerful, graphical processing unit (GPU). This upgraded and miniaturized GPU will help the Exynos 5400 to drain the battery a lot less slowly, unlike the existing 32nm HKMG based Exynos 5250 (Cortex A15).
On the other hand, TSMC is partnering with the South Korean tech giant, “to provide a foundry to fabricate Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon iteration; however this product will not be HKMG based. Instead it will utilize a traditional SiON silicon based process,” says VR Zone.
The traditional SiON method causes side effects of current leakage with the shrinking process. But the HKMG processor not only lets the company manufacture power consuming chips but also removes the side effects of the SiON process. VR Zone writes:
According to market analyzers Strategy Analytics, Samsung Electronics took 2nd place with 25.9% market share of the mobile AP market in the Q2 of this year, compared to market leader Qualcomm who possessed 38.8%.
If the South Korean tech giant is really going to mass produce this chip, we can expect the next flagship device from the company, the Galaxy S IV according to rumors, to run on this new mobile processor. And according to the reports on the internet, the mass production of the chip is expected to start at the end of new years.
Source: VR Zone