Samsung announces Exynos 5250, ARM Cortex-A15

Posted by Charbax – November 30, 2011

Here is the press release:

[SEOUL] Nov 30, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, announced today the industry’s first dual-core processor samples based on the ARM™ Cortex-A15 core. Designed specifically for high-end tablets, Samsung’s newest 2GHz dual-core Exynos 5250 utilizes 32nm high-k metal gate low-power process technology and will offer system-level designers an exciting new solution intended to meet the graphic-intensive, power-efficient requirements of these next-generation mobile products.

"The ARM Cortex-A15 brings unparalleled performance to our Exynos processor family and the exploding mobile marketplace," said Dojun Rhee, vice president of System LSI marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. "Designers need an application processor platform that delivers full high definition multimedia capabilities, fast processing speed and high performance graphics to meet end users’ expectation for a connected life on the go. The advanced low-power, high-performance processor technology of the new Exynos 5250 continues to deliver an unprecedented level of performance for users to enjoy a completely new mobile experience."

Samsung's new dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 based application processor, the Exynos 5250, is capable of processing 14 billion instructions per second (DMIPS, Dhrystone million instructions per second) at 2.0GHz, nearly doubling the performance over a current state of the art Cortex-A9-based dual core processor running at 1.5GHz capable of 7,500 DMIPS.

In particular, the Exynos 5250 design was architected to drive up to an industry leading 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA) display which reflects the significance of advanced display technology transitioning toward ever higher and sharper resolutions. These leading-edge features enable users to enjoy crisper video images on their mobile devices and deliver readability equivalent to real paper for an ultimate electronic reading experience.

To maximize power efficiencies at the system level, the Exynos 5250 has an embedded DisplayPort (eDP) interface that is compliant with panel self-refresh technology (PSR) applied to the timing controller (T-CON). The embedded PSR technology enables static images to be refreshed directly from the frame buffer memory incorporated in the T-CON, resolving the need for regular display refresh instructions to be made by the application processor in cases such as reading static web pages or e-books.

The 3D graphics processing capabilities, enhanced by more than four-fold over the 1.5GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, and a stereoscopic 3D feature raise the bar of user experience on high-specification 3D gaming, user-interfacing and stereoscopic 3D video playback.

Moreover, the Exynos 5250 features a doubled memory bandwidth of 12.8 Gigabytes per second (GB/s) compared to current dual-core processors that support a maximum of 6.4GB/s to enable fast data processing features, superb 3D graphics and high-resolution display. This memory bandwidth is a key requirement for a processor to support WQXGA resolution displays.

Samsung’s Exynos 5250 offers a host of peripheral functions including an embedded image signal processor enabling 8 Megapixel resolution images at 30 frames per second, a full HD 60 frame per second video hardware codec engine for high resolution 1080p video recording and playback, a HDMI 1.4 interface for sharp and crisp multimedia content transmission, along with a diverse scope of embedded booting device interfaces such as SATA, UART, USB and external ports such as USB3.0, eMMC4.5 and eSD3.0.

The Exynos 5250 is currently sampling to customers and is scheduled for mass-production in the second quarter of 2012.

  • Goffers

    So does this have the Mali T604, or are they using the recently acquired IMG license?

  • According to Anandtech and Arstechnica, the Exynos 5250 uses Mali-T604, that’s what they wrote, one saying it’s in the Samsung roadmap and

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  • Guru77

    At time of this new Exynos,  Tegra 3+ (28nm) A9 tech will totally not capable hold competition

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  • tuoppikake

    About the time! I’ve been waiting for A-15 devices for quite a time. Although every time these “next generation” cpus are announced, the timeline slips for some reason.. I’m wondering if Samsung gets their A-15 before TI does. I spoke to one of TI’s employees a month ago about 5XXX series and he said it’s quite near with a grin on his face. whatever that means.. But whoever, bring on the A-15!

  • the  doubled memory bandwidth is nice to finally see in ARM NEON,still no DDR3L though,  but i wonder why they elected to bring out a dual instead of a quad core first.

    come to that Charbax, iv been wondering that happened to the freescale quad core retail products not appearing this year as they said it would, any news on that ?

  • You can see my latest interview with Freescale about their quad-core here:

  • thanks…

    BTW  Jem Davies did a nice blog 4 weeks ago
    TechCon 2011 – the ARM Mali GPU joined-up story is clear

    interesting read, ” Full Profile OpenCL” etc

    and OC 
    “For some light relief, here’s a video interview of Ian Smythe and I which was taken at ARM TechCon”

    why do they always look scared when you turn up 🙂

  • Maventwo

    Samsung Exonys 5250 dual-core ARM Cortex A15, will be only one of many news from Samsung during 2012.

    Konstantin Novoselov says in end of this video about Can graphene be produced?
    This video with Nobel Prize in physics 2010 to Andre Gein and Konstantin Novoselov,
    where Konstantin Novoselov says that Samsung will start to make capacitive displays
    with graphene instead of ITO as conductive material in 2012.

    Samsung will also start to make flexible Amoled displays with graphene as material for the TFT
    in the backplane of the Amoled displays for Smartphone as this article tell.

    Because of graphene low electric conductivity,strengthnes and flexiblity graphene is suitable
    as conductive material instead of todays ITO=Indium-Tenn-Oxide that increases in price more and more because ITO is used in both capacitive displays, LED and in silicon solar sells.

    Graphene is also 99% transparent and in capacitive displays people want the conductive lattice shall be transparent.

    Graphene will soon boom in all kinds of capacitive displays, now when some different techs have been developed for making capacitive displays with graphene lattice.
    As this professor at Rice University tell in this video in 2:38min.

    And in June or in the beginning of July 2012 Samsung will release 55″ Amoled TV-displays when Olympic Games 2012 in London will be opend at 27th of July.

  • I would like them to release 4K2K resolution 55″ HDTVs for below $2000 before July 2012, that I think should be their priority. More than likely still LCD type for a long time simply because of the price. That should also be the priority for Sony, LG, Philips, Panasonic and Apple.

  • This all sounds awesome, but if I understand it correctly, the graphene is for the touch screen layer only, and works just as well for plastic based flexible undestructible LCD and E Ink screens also. 3M for example who is an investor in Pixel Qi LCD technology published this video:

  • Maventwo

    But when Samsung start making flexible displays during 2012 they will use even graphene for the TFT in backplane of the Amoled flexible displays because this Amoled displays will be made of plastic.

    If yout want to make 100% transparent displays that can be partially transparent and be flexible you must use a transparent material for the TFT in backplane of the display and graphene is both transparent and have significantly better conductivity than other materials.

  • Maventwo

    To Summer Olympic Games in London in July-August 2012 it will not be any new TV-standard in europe than todays HDTV with 720p broadcast by MPEG 4.

  • Still Quad-HD 4K2K HDTVs look better than whatever 3D or whatever else they want to sell to people. 4K2K costs the same to make if the processor is mass produced.

  • actually the UK HD broadcasts are 1440x1080i over DVB-T2, DVB-S(2) and DVB-C AVC/H.264/AAC (not mpeg4 as that implies the original mpeg 4 aka Divx/xvid that no broadcaster uses AFAIK)

  • Yes doing actual 4K2K broadcasts would be a good start. I think that logically they should be able to real-time compress Quad-HD to 4 times 1080p bitrate, and logically that can be done with as little as 24mbitps over a normal broadband connection, maybe 36mbitps or 48mbitps is better. But still, I think that is quite manageable. The BBC test you linked to is testing 16x 1080p, so that is even more insane of course. But I think they should start doing at least 4x 1080p for now. But even if that broadcast cannot be sent reliably over the Internet and multi-cast IPTV providers around the world, which I think it easily could, even broadcasting 1080p or 1080i and upscaling that on a Quad-HD screen looks awesome and looks better than displayed on a regular 1080p HDTV, although this whole upscaling stuff sounds like fake magic marketing, it might actually work in a way so quality might look 25% better than 1080p or something like that. That’s still worth it.

  • Maventwo

    But H.264 or x.264 codec is a protocol that´s part of MPEG 4.

    BBC have just tested NHK Super-Hi vision but when Super Hi-vison will not be start in Japan before 2015 it will not be started by BBC before that.

    BBC tests of NHK Super Hi-vison is just Si-Fi.

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