updated 10:15 pm EST, Thu November 11, 2010
Similar tech rumored to power the next iPad
Samsung has previewed a new chip, named Orion, based on ARM's Cortex-A9 architecture. The technology is based on the 45nm process, which is said to offer an improvement in power efficiency compared to A8-based chips. The previewed hardware, shown in an ARMdevices video, was paired with a quad-core Mali-400 GPU.
The dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, which runs at 1GHz, is capable of simultaneously running two display screens on a device and another screen connected via HDMI. When paired with the Mali-400 components in a system-on-a-chip (SoC) configuration, the hardware can decode 1080p video at 30fps. Overall graphics performance is said to be a five-fold jump from its predecessor.
Samsung's chips are expected to be featured in the next Galaxy Tab, although the company has yet to confirm exact plans. Apple may also license the Cortex-A9 technology for the next iPad, as the company's existing tablets are based on the Cortex-A8 architecture.