After months and months of rumors, Samsung has officially announced their first quad-core Exynos processor. The Exynos 4 Quad is built on 32nm HKMG process and is based on four Cortex A9 clocked at 1.4GHz.
Compared to a 45nm dual-core Exynos, Samsung says the chip boasts double the processing power and consumes 20 percent less power. Moreover, the SoC offers full HD video recording and playback, embedded image signal processor, HDMI 1.4 support, hot-plug functionality to support on-off switching for each core and per-core dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS).
Samsung has confirmed the Exynos 4 Quad is already in production and will be seen in the next Galaxy phone that will be unveiled in May.
The quad-core processor offers phenomenal multitasking abilities surpassing any single or dual application processor. Since all the cores must share a single battery, the power management and efficiency in the limited battery capacity are indispensable for mobile computing devices. Given the diverse functionalities consumers are demanding from their mobile devices today, the Exynos 4 Quad meets those high-performance needs while keeping power consumption very low.