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Apr 2, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Exynos 5 Octa CPU to Run at 1.8GHz in South Korea




South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics has already been confirmed to plan on launching the Galaxy S4 smartphone in its homeland market with an 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor inside, and it seems that it also plans on clocking it in at 1.8GHz.

The smartphone was spotted at the FCC as Samsung SHV-E300S/K, and was listed there with a CPU running at 1.8GHz, which would make it 200MHz faster when compared to the global Exynos-based Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500). Furthermore, it appears that the device was also confirmed to arrive on shelves in South Korea with multi-band LTE (Band 3, 5, 1, 7, 17) capabilities, SamMobile notes.

No specific info on when Galaxy S4 will land on shelves in the country has been provided as of now, but late April or early May appear to be the best candidates at the moment.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Plus Leaks in Live Pictures




The latest tablet launched by Samsung, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has yet to hit shelves, but the South Korean company is already readying another tablet, the Galaxy Tab 3 Plus.

The folks over at SamMobile have just been tipped on the upcoming release of the tablet, which is expected to be renamed Samsung Galaxy S Tab, given the success of the company’s Galaxy S lineup. The tablet shown in the pictures strongly resembles the Galaxy Note 8.0, which is about to make its debut on the market, so we can’t say if this is indeed the Galaxy Tab 3 Plus or not. Anyway, the tablet is said to ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box and the powerful Samsung Exynos 5410 Octa chipset featuring two quad-core processors.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Plus will boast a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports 2560 x 1600 resolution and 300ppi, as well as 2GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Plus
Images credits to SAMMobile

First ARM Cortex-A57 64-Bit Processor Taped Out




The ARMv8 architecture was what opened the door for ARM Holdings on the computer industry, as it adds support for 64-bit instructions, a must on modern PCs. Now, though, we get to see the first optimizations.

ARM Holdings is collaborating with TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), which happens to be the world's largest foundry. ARM provided the Artisan physical IP, while TSMC implemented its memory macros. Everything was combined with RDA technologies enabled by the TSMC Open Innovation Platform design ecosystem. Neither company said when the Cortex-A57 processor would be seen in devices, and this information probably won't be released for a while. They did confirm, or at least ARM did, that the chip was taped out, meaning that the first manufacturing stages have kicked off. It is the first so-called milestone in the cooperation between ARM and TSMC to optimize the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture using the 16nm FinFET process technology. For those unaware, Cortex-A57 is the highest-performing chip that ARM has ever designed and will be used in mobile and enterprise computing devices.

We may even spot it in the occasional laptop. Right now, AMD and Intel still own that market segment, but ARM has been trying to get into it for years, and made the ARMv8 architecture with it specifically in mind, not just enterprise devices. That said, given the usual stages of manufacturing, we believe the first Cortex-A57 products will be seen before the year is out. “The Cortex-A57 processor is ARM’s highest performing processor, designed to further extend the capabilities of future mobile and enterprise computing applications including compute intensive 64-bit applications such as high end computer, tablet and server products,” the company wrote.

Cortex-A57 has ARM Mali graphics and up to 16 cores. Extra information, though not much, can be found on the product page.

ARM logo
Image credits to ARM

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