Why Application Processors Matter

Application processors have come a long way since they were first made commercially available in the 1970s. Back then, processors were used to power massive computers that filled up the entire room or old-style printing calculators. But today, smart phones, digital cameras, tablets, and smart appliances are amongst the devices that all rely on application processors to perform at the constantly growing speeds that today’s consumer electronics demand. At Samsung Semiconductor, our portfolio of application processors is increasing to meet the demands of the electronics industry, as you can see from the illustration below:

Processors serve as the brain power behind the most impressive electronic devices on the market. In our System LSI division, we’re constantly faced with the task of creating System-on-Chip (SOC) solutions that will benefit tomorrow’s next generation mobile and home solution products. At the same time, we must continue to design more efficient chips that allow for new software and increase the performance of your favorite electronics. Just look at how much faster today’s processors are than those from just five years ago:

We strive to be on the cutting edge of today’s processor technology, so to do this, we’ve adopted the ARM architecture for our processors, which can be seen in our latest Exynos 5250-dual core processor. ARM’s architecture not only enables these chips to process data at exceptionally rapid speeds, but it also allows architects and engineers to find new solutions to deliver a high-quality user experience that’s energy efficient. Can you imagine replacing one of today’s applications processors with one of the earliest ones from the 1970s? You’d certainly have a difficult time running the operating system… and fitting it into your pocket!

Which products do you think rely most heavily on today’s top-performing processors? Feel free to share your thoughts below.