Quad core chips for mobile devices arriving in 2012

Leaked Samsung documents today confirm that multiple iterations of 1Ghz+ mobile CPUs are scheduled for mass production in the next few years. Included within the leaked roadmap is a 1.2Ghz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip scheduled for a 2012/13 release.

The EETimes is reporting that the leaked document indicates that Samsung might be contemplating a switch from Intel to ARM chips for their low cost netbooks. Such a move would require a different operating system though (such as Android or Chrome OS), as Windows is x86-based. Samsung currently only incorporates ARM chips in their mobile devices and A/V equipment. 

Here’s the full leaked roadmap:

2010

  • Taurus, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 (single core)

2011

  • Mercury, 600 MHz Cortex-A5 (single core)
  • Orion, 800 MHz Cortex-A9 (dual core)
  • Pegasus, 1 GHz Cortex-A9 (single core)
  • Hercules, 1 Ghz Cortex-A9 (dual core)

2012/13

  • Venus, 600 MHz Cortex-A5 (dual core)
  • Draco, 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 (dual core)
  • Aquila, 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 (quad core)

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Or why Apple is, at least apparently, looking to buy ARM........
So if MS decides to support ARM.... will have to deal with Apple......

Fritzly said,
Or why Apple is, at least apparently, looking to buy ARM........
So if MS decides to support ARM.... will have to deal with Apple......

There's a lot of IFs there! Seriously doubt it will happen. Anyway, MS already supports ARM it's called Windows CE (the basis of Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded).

Quad-core netbooks (or even dual-core) would finally convince to buy a netbook. Any news on possible prices? Would they sky-rocket in comparison to the $200-300 price range netbooks have dominated now?

Skullpture said,
Quad-core netbooks (or even dual-core) would finally convince to buy a netbook. Any news on possible prices? Would they sky-rocket in comparison to the $200-300 price range netbooks have dominated now?

There's already dual core nettops today like the eeeBox and there are dual core netbooks coming soon as well that are intel atom.

this could explain, why apple decided to make multitasking in their iphone os. They could prepare themself for multicore cpus

cpu said,
this could explain, why apple decided to make multitasking in their iphone os. They could prepare themself for multicore cpus

Good point

cpu said,
this could explain, why apple decided to make multitasking in their iphone os. They could prepare themself for multicore cpus

You are confusing multitasking with multiprocessing. Commom mistake.

figgy said,

You are confusing multitasking with multiprocessing. Commom mistake.

He's half right. If you follow the following logic. 4 cores for iphone could mean. 1x for graphics. 1x background apps. 1x apps. 1x anything else (push notifications maybe)

figgy said,
You are confusing multitasking with multiprocessing. Commom mistake.

I assume, that if apple gives more freedom to the developers, that should have to have a way to control this freedom. Multicore (multitasking) iPhone could be that way. iphone os is in any way a multitasking os

cpu said,
this could explain, why apple decided to make multitasking in their iphone os. They could prepare themself for multicore cpus

but how long well the battery last again ?

zagor said,
I hope this will pull intel into the mobile CPU race

by the time that they made

low power Quad core CPU for mobile + hexa core mobile ?

zagor said,
I hope this will pull intel into the mobile CPU race
I hope this pulls ARM into the netbook race. They are gaining a lot lately and can be used to replace traditional processors.