Samsung reveals Exynos chip details

Samsung took some time off from being bashed round the head with lawsuits to announce a raft of smartphone and tablet hardware.

The main attraction is the new Exynos 4212 chip, which will provide high performance for smartphones with a view towards 3D gaming.  The chip is a dual core ARM Cortex A9 application processor, built using Samsung’s 32 nanometre High K Metal Gate process.

Samsung is wary of power efficiency trends, so the chip will be 30 percent less power intensive than the previous generation chip.

The chip will also support video playing and recording at 1080p resolutions, and an on-chip HDMI 1.4 interface.

Samsung says that the chip will be sampling to “select customers” during the final quarter of this year.

The Korean firm also announced two memory products.

One is the 64 gigabyte NAND embedded multimedia card for smartphones and other mobile devices, using the 20 nanometre process. 

This will allow for a very thin eight stack, measuring only 1.4 millimetres thick, while processing at quadruple the speeds of many 30nm NAND flash chips.  It weighs 0.6 grams.

As for its DRAM offering, Samsung has developed low power 4GB DDR3  memory using its 30nm process, aiming at again supporting 3D graphics in new smartphones.

The green chip will offer a 20 percent reduction in power draw over previous technology.

The chips are expected to  see the light of day early next year, so it would not be a big surprise to see some 3D enabled handsets on their way around that time too.

The new 4Gb LPDDR3 DRAM can transfer data at up to 1,600 Mbps, which is approximately 1.5 times faster than the industry’s current highest performance LPDDR2, which operates at 1,066Mbps, says Samsung. The component also consumes 20 percent less electrical power than its predecessor.

Samsung also announced that it will be mass producing components during 2012 to get as much LPDDR3 DRAM into the ailing market it can.

There was also a couple of CMOS image sensor releases.  A high resolution 1.2 megapixel SoC sensor has been announced that can be used in camera module shorter than 3mm.

The S5K8AA HD sensor is aimed at offering top quality HD video and video calling for front facing cameras on smartphones and tablets.  The sensor will support 30 frames per second at 720p resolution, and 60 fps at VGA resolution.

A 16Mp CMOS image sensor was also announced for high performance main camera on smartphone, tablets and sigital cameras.