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The Exynos 8890 is now officially Samsung’s first “one-chip solution” SoC with an Octa-core processor manufactured using a 14nm FinFET process; – which happens to be Samsung’s second processor based off its 14nm node technology (after the Exynos 7 Octa 7420 that was unveiled earlier this year) while also been the first processor from the Korean giant to have an incorporated Cat.12/13 LTE modem.
The new (Mongoose-based) 64-bit Exynos 8 Octa 8890 will be the first processor to feature the company’s custom CPU design. the first four Mongoose cores are the high performers coupled with four other power saving A53 cores in a big.LITTLE configuration.
The first four Mongoose-based cores are clocked at a respectable 2.3Ghz frequency while the other power saving quad chips at 1.5Ghz. The SoC claims over 30 percent less power consumption when compared to the aging Exynos 7420.
The Exynos 8890 has been on the hype train for quite some time now and we are truly anticipating a device (particularly a Samsung Galaxy S7) that will feature the chipset.
Coupled with the flagship Exynos SoC is a T880 MP12 GPU which is the same graphic processing unit that was featured in the Kirin 950 and expected to come with Mediatek’s Helio X20 CPU.
The Mali T880 GPU boasts 8 times the performance of the T760 and also stands out as the most efficient GPU ever designed by ARM with a 40 percent reduction in energy consumption for the same workloads when compared with the T760.
Most importantly, the T880 is manufactured using TSMC’s 16nm FF+ process and the other features worth mentioning are the new and improved display processors which are Mali-V550 and Mali-DP550; there’s also “TrustZone” (which essentially work as a secure video path for premium 4K video content).
The Korean tech giant (according to official press) will begin mass production of its Mongoose based Exynos 8890 CPU before the year runs out in preparation for it upcoming Galaxy S7 series.
Currently, only Qualcomm, Nvidia and now Samsung are featuring CPUs with custom cores based off ARM’s V8 architecture coupled with ARMs original 64-bit Cortex designs.
This is however expected to change as Mediatek and Huawei will reportedly hop on the bandwagon and also create flagship chipsets that are based off an in-house designed custom core(s) and eventually do away with ARM’s 64-bit Cortex designs (although not entirely).
We’ll be sure to keep you up to speed as more details unravel; in the meantime, drop your comments below.