Samsung Exynos 8 Octa with custom CPU cores and an integrated Cat.12 modem goes official

Exynos 8 Octa

Samsung today announced its latest generation Exynos chipset based on the 14nm FinFT process: the Exynos 8 Octa. This is the first chip from Samsung to make use of its custom 64-bit ARM v8 cores and feature an integrated Cat.12/13 modem on a single chip.

The octa-core chip comprises of four low-power Cortex-A53 cores and four of its custom CPU cores. To take better advantage of this big.LITTLE architecture, Samsung has also added support for enhanced heterogenous multi-processing (HMP). The chipset also comes with ARM’s latest Mali-T880 GPU.

Samsung states in its announcement that its “premium custom CPU cores” provide over 30 percent improvement in performance and 10 percent improvement in efficiency compared to its Exynos 7 Octa chip. The Exynos 8 Octa also features an integrated Cat.12/13 modem that allows for a maximum theoretical download speed of up to 600Mbps and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps. 

Samsung’s announcement was short on other details about the chipset. However, it does mention that the chip will enter into mass production in late 2015, which means that at least certain variants of the Galaxy S7 will end up being powered by it.

It will be interesting to see how Samsung’s custom premium cores inside the Exynos 8 Octa stack up against Qualcomm’s Kryo cores found on the Snapdragon 820.

[Via Samsung Tomorrow]

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