Samsung hinted the “next step” was coming for Exynos processors, and we now know what it is. Are you sitting down? Samsung just announced a Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) solution for the Exynos 5 Octa. What on earth is that? To put it simply, HMP will allow the use of all 8 cores of the octa to be used at the same time.
Currently the octa includes 4 Cortex-A15 cores and 4 Cortex-A7 cores, which is referred to as ARM big.LITTLE technology. In it’s current state, apps run on either the Cortex-A7s (LITTLE) or the Cortex-A15s (big), but now apps will get the benefit of all 8 cores at the same time. This will obviously enhance both performance and efficiency.
HMP will be introduced in quarter 4, but they didn’t specify if current devices could be updated or new hardware is required. I assume the latter. Hit the break for the full press release.