Samsung Announces Next-Gen Processor Technology

Over the last several years, Samsung Semiconductor has been developing application processors designed specifically to meet the needs of next-generation mobile consumer electronic products.

I’m proud to announce the release of Samsung Semiconductor’s new Exynos 4212-dual core ARM Cortex™-A9 application processor, which was displayed for the first time at the eighth annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum. Designed on Samsung’s advanced 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power process the powerful Exynos 4212 will offer mobile device systems architects a new solution to deliver a high-quality user experience that’s energy efficient. That means even longer battery life for tomorrow’s smart phones and tablets.

In addition to a 25 percent increase in processing power and 30 percent lower power consumption, our Exynos processor will also improve the performance of mobile 3D graphics with its enhanced graphics processing unit (GPU). That’s a 50 percent higher 3D performance for future mobile devices!

For the details of the announcement, I’ve posted the text of the official release below. What are your thoughts on our new Exynos 4212-dual core Cortex™-A9 application processor?

Samsung Unveils its Next High-Performance Application Processor for Smartphone and Tablet Devices

TAIPEI, Taiwan, September 29, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, today introduced the latest addition to its Exynos product family – the Exynos 4212 – a dual core ARM Cortex™-A9 application processor, designed on Samsung’s advanced 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HK/MG) low-power process. With best-in-class performance, the dual-core Exynos 4212 offers mobile device systems architects a new solution designed to support a high-quality user-experience and energy-efficient requirements of smartphones and tablet devices. Samsung’s new Exynos application processor will be displayed at the eighth annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum held at the Westin Taipei.

“As innovative technologies appear on the mobile landscape, the market continues to embrace further developments and performance acceleration in mobile computing,” said Seh-Woong Jeong, executive vice president of System LSI sales & marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung is addressing this trend with its powerful low-power Exynos family of processors based on its proven design technology and cutting-edge process technology for performance and power improvements at the system level.”

Leveraging its deep sub-micron expertise in high-performance/low-power technology, Samsung designed the Exynos 4212 on its 32nm low-power HKMG logic process technology with dual Cortex-A9 cores and optimized Physical IP from ARM.  Samsung’s 32nm HKMG process node is specifically tuned to offer a competitive, cutting-edge platform with double the logic density and a 30 percent lower power-level over the previous process generation.

In addition to the 25percent increase in processing power, the new processor features an enhanced graphics processing unit (GPU) that is capable of delivering 50 percent higher 3D graphics performance over the previous processor generation from Samsung.

The Exynos 4212 incorporates a rich portfolio of advanced codec accelerators that support digital still images, video recording and play-back at 1080p full-HD resolution, an image signal processor and an on-chip HDMI 1.4 interface.

Samsung’s new Exynos 4212 application processor will be sampling to select customers in Q4 2011.

Samsung also launched a new website dedicated to its Exynos family of application processors.  Designed to facilitate easy communication with industry partners and end users, the new micro site offers detailed product and event information as well as user experiences. More information can be found at

About  Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit