Mass production of 28nm Exynos CPU for Galaxy S4 starting soon

By on October 31, 2012, 6:30 PM

Samsung is already working on the successor to the popular Galaxy S3 smartphone. Sources claim the South Korean tech giant recently produced a test version of a 28nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) processor codenamed Adonis that will ultimately find a home in their next generation flagship handset.

The quad-core chip, which will likely be called an Exynos 5400, uses ARM’s Cortex A15 architecture and will ship with a beefy GPU that reportedly requires a low amount of power. Samsung’s current Exynos 5250 also uses the Cortex A15 architecture but is built on the larger and less efficient 32nm process.

HKMG allows for low power-consuming chips due to the fact that ultra-miniaturization is possible without current leakage. This is a key problem generally associated with shrinking processes on the traditional SiON silicon based process.

It is believed that the Exynos 5400 will enter mass production either by the end of this year or in early 2013. If Samsung stays on schedule, it should be the first mobile applications processor (AP) on the market to utilize the 28nm HKMG manufacturing process. Depending on which report you follow, we could see the Galaxy S4 hit retail sometime next April or May.

For what it’s worth, market research firm Strategy Analytics said Samsung ranked second in the mobile AP market with a market share of 25.9 percent during the second quarter of 2012. Qualcomm led all others with a 38.8 percent share. It’ll be interesting to see how these figures shift in the third quarter and beyond once Samsung starts mass producing the Exynos 5400.




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veLa veLa said:

I have been nothing but thrilled with my Galaxy S2, perhaps if it's a big enough improvement I will upgrade. The Galaxy S3 just felt like a Galaxy S2 HD to me and wasn't worth it.

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Steve Steve said:

I felt the S3 was the biggest leap forward yet, I have had the S1 and S2 before it and I felt the S2 was a much smaller step from the S1 when compared to the S3 from S2. In any case I am excited to see what they do with the S4.

dawei1993 said:

I felt the S3 was the biggest leap forward yet, I have had the S1 and S2 before it and I felt the S2 was a much smaller step from the S1 when compared to the S3 from S2. In any case I am excited to see what they do with the S4.

I have also used all three galaxy S series handsets, and thought about them the same way you have. The leap from S2 to S3 was just amazing, and I look forward to what improvements there will be on the S4. Howevever, I am dismayed that updates for these handsets are so rapid. It has only been months since the release of the S3, but already the S4? I don't regret having bought my S3, but it just seems... unfair... for some reason

Guest said:

I am sure there are plenty of people who feel a new phone from Apple is too often and a whole bunch more that were bummed that iPhone 5 came out a few months after the iPhone 4s.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

I felt the S3 was the biggest leap forward yet, I have had the S1 and S2 before it and I felt the S2 was a much smaller step from the S1 when compared to the S3 from S2. In any case I am excited to see what they do with the S4.

I have also used all three galaxy S series handsets, and thought about them the same way you have. The leap from S2 to S3 was just amazing, and I look forward to what improvements there will be on the S4. Howevever, I am dismayed that updates for these handsets are so rapid. It has only been months since the release of the S3, but already the S4? I don't regret having bought my S3, but it just seems... unfair... for some reason

This is inevitable in today's fast paced technology. It's all a matter of finding a time to strike, and understanding when that is that will best make you happy.

My AT&T contract will be up just in time for the S4 (kind of guessing). I've had an S1 and S2 as well, and I'm skipping the S3. I am very satisfied with the S2, and except for it being available in other colors, I have managed (purposefully) to stay, for the most part, ignorant to it's increased specs or features.

In doing this, I hope that the S4 will be able to ride for about 2 years and keep me satisfied, because I plan to be one of the few to have it first.

PC nerd PC nerd said:

Exciting stuff. It will be a lovely upgrade from my HTC Wildfire.

Guest said:

Exynos? from what product they copy? beware for patent infringement :D

gperezarguello gperezarguello said:

The chip is called a Exynos 5450, not a 5400....

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