According to EE Times, Samsung is preparing to describe a mobile processor using ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture at ISSCC (International Solid State Circuits Conference) in February 2013. This big.LITTLE concept is kind of genius. You take a couple quad-core clusters and assign one to run the OS and other less resource-intensive tasks and have the other cluster focus on the heavy lifting. The “little” cluster can be light and efficient while the “big” cluster can house the battery-draining big guns.
EE Times breaks it down like so: “Samsung will detail a 28-nm SoC with two quad-core clusters. One cluster runs at 1. 8 GHz, has a 2 MByte L2 cache and is geared for high performance apps; the other runs at 1.2 GHz and is tuned for energy efficiency.” Kevin Krewell, senior analyst with market watcher Linley Group said, “The A7 cores should be capable of handling most [smartphone] tasks, with the A15 cores only required for maximum performance needs, like video games.”
Am I the only one wondering if this will be the type of processor we’ll see when Samsung finally starts pumping out flexible display devices?
Source: EE Times