Samsung announces 8-core Exynos 5 Octa mobile processor


Leave it to Korean manufacturer Samsung to pull a fast one and one-up their competitors at the recently concluded CES show. The Korean manufacturer unveiled their 8-core (yes, eight!) Exynos 5 Octa mobile processor during their massive CES press conference a few days back. Surprisingly enough, the octa-core processor is optimized for low-power devices in mind, and uses ARM’s big.LITTLE Processing technology.

There are two distinct processor groups in the octa-core – four Cortex A15 cores and four Cortex A7 cores. When serious number crunching is needed, the four Cortex A15 cores start working, while the four Cortex A7 cores are used for low-power applications. This particular arrangement means that the octa-core chip is extremely power efficient – Samsung says that this tech will allow the chip to use up to 70-percent less power than a traditional quad-core A15 SoC. No word yet on what particular device this processor tech will show up in, but you can expect it to appear in Samsung’s later models this year.