News of Samsung’s Exynos Quad-core System-on-Chip (SoC) has been hitting the waves of the vast ocean that is the Internet. Ok, maybe it’s not too much news in any sort of detail, but breadcrumbs pointing to a new Exynos processor on the horizon have been found. Apparently, testing has started and Samsung has generously added support for the SoC on development boards.
The new chip, dubbed Exynos 4412, is admittedly similar to the 4212. It is based on the ARM Cortex A9 which all you techies can read about over on ARM’s site here. The clock speed is the same as the 4212 (1.5 GHz).
Based on the trends and pace set by the mobile realm, official word on release by the end of Q1, start of Q2 2012 would not be a reach. Nvidia’s own quad-core offering is set to take the Android world by storm in about a month just in time for holiday season. Samsung wouldn’t sit on a golden opportunity to bring the fight to Nvidia’s doorstep, would they? (Not if the Apple vs. Sammy situation is a measure of their restraint.)
In any case, hopefully these whispers will become screams soon and the community will be handed a newer, faster, and less power hungry phone/tablet that will last “powerusers” more than a day. Here’s to wishful thinkin’!