Samsung’s processor design team isn’t resting. In 2012 the company has shown us Exynos 4 Quad and Exynos 5 Dual. Based on its agenda for International Solid-State Circuits Conference, Samsung will outline its plans for an 8-core processor that relies on ARM’s concept of big.LITTLE computing.
big.LITTLE is ARM’s new basis for next-generation mobile computing: provide a certain number of cores for the hard work, in this case four Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.8Ghz, and a certain number of cores for more menial tasks, in this case four Cortex-A7 cores running at 1.2Ghz. This dramatically increases energy efficiency, as the high-power A15 cores are used only when needed. Due to the inherently larger die size of such a chip, it’s not known whether Samsung will debut this new eight-core chip in tablets, or even ARM-based laptops, before it eventually comes to smartphones.