Samsung A9 enters fray for more powerful mobile devices

Samsung announced a dual-core A9 processor for next-generation smartphones and tablets

Samsung announced that it is entering the arena for dual-core mobile processors. Joining rival platforms like the Qualcomm Snapdragon and the Tegra 2, Samsung will soon have a dual-core A9 processor--codenamed "Orion"--available for smartphones and tablets.

As the mobile phone has transitioned into the smartphone, and the smartphone has evolved into more of a portable hand-held computing device than a mobile communications device, the need for processing horsepower continues to rise. With tablets, the expectations are even higher because the tablet is primarily a mobile computing platform.

The new dual-core architectures will enable faster performance and improved battery life simultaneously. The more powerful chip will also allow for full 1080p HD video playback. A Samsung press release for the dual-core Orion explains "Samsung's new application processor incorporates a rich portfolio of advanced multimedia features implemented by hardware accelerators, such as video encoder/decoder that supports 30fps video playback and recording at 1080P full HD resolution. Using an enhanced graphics processing unit (GPU), the new processors are capable of delivering five times the 3D graphics performance over the previous processor generation from Samsung."

"Consumers are demanding the full web experience without compromise while on the go," said Dojun Rhee, vice president of Marketing, System LSI Division, Samsung Electronics. "Given this trend, mobile device designers need an application processor platform that delivers superb multimedia performance, fast CPU processing speed, and abundant memory bandwidth. Samsung's newest dual core application processor chip is designed specifically to fulfill such stringent performance requirements while maintaining long battery life."

If only Samsung could have made the new dual-core Orion processor available six months sooner. The Samsung Galaxy Tab seems formidable enough, but if Samsung could have accelerated development of the Orion dual-core A9, it would have made the Android tablet exponentially more compelling and a much more serious threat to the dominant position of the Apple iPad.

Since the iPad is built using a similar architecture, it is conceivable that the next generation iPad could use a dual-core processor. However, the current rumors focus on a possible 7-inch model of the iPad, doubling the RAM from 256Mb to 512Mb like the iPhone 4, and upgrading from Apple's custom A4 processor to Cortex A9.

With an array of tablets set to launch soon, and with cutting edge smartphones raising the bar almost monthly, it won't be long before dual-core is simply the default smartphone and tablet architecture. The next generation of mobile devices will take a quantum leap in features and functions as manufacturers embrace the emerging dual-core processors.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags processorssamsungComponentsSamsung Electronicstablet PCOffice Hardwarecpu architecture

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Tony Bradley

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?