No, not that Orion. Put that Google Sky Map away. We're talking about Samsung's new dual-core processor will be seen at the annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum in Taiwan. The new processor, codenamed Orion, will feature a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores: "designed specifically to meet the needs of high-performance, low-power mobile applications including tablets, netbooks and smartphones." LG also announced earlier today that it will taking advantage of new dual-core Tegra 2 in future devices. We're definitely getting more and more excited about these faster processors. What do you guys think? Full press release after the break.

Samsung Introduces High Performance, Low Power Dual CORTEX - A9 Application Processor for Mobile Devices

TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, today introduced its new 1GHz ARM® CORTEXTM A9-based dual-core application processor, codenamed Orion, for advanced mobile applications. Device OEM developers now have a powerful dual processor chip platform designed specifically to meet the needs of high-performance, low-power mobile applications including tablets, netbooks and smartphones. Samsung’s new processor will be demonstrated at the seventh annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum held here in Taiwan at the Westin Taipei Hotel.

“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.”

Designed using Samsung’s 45 nanometer low-power process technology, Orion features a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores, each comes with a 32KB data cache and a 32KB instruction cache. Samsung also included a 1MB L2 cache to optimize CPU processing performance and provide fast context switching in a multi-tasking environment. In addition, the memory interface and bus architecture of Orion supports data intensive multimedia applications including full HD video playback and high speed 3D action games.

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 5 times the 3D graphics performance over the previous processor generation from Samsung.

For design flexibility and system BOM cost reduction, Orion integrates a set of interfaces commonly used in mobile devices to configure various peripheral functionalities. For example, with this processor, customers have the choice to use different types of storage including NAND flash, moviNANDTM, SSD or HDD providing both SATA, and eMMC interfaces. Customers can also choose their appropriate memory options including low power LPDDR2 or DDR3, which is commonly used for high performance. In addition, a global positioning system (GPS) receiver baseband processor is embedded in the processor to seamlessly support location based services (LBS), which is critical in many emerging mobile applications.

Orion features an onboard native triple display controller architecture that compliments multi-tasking operations in a multiple display environment. A mobile device using the Orion processor can simultaneously support two on-device display screens, while driving a third external display such as a TV or a monitor, via an on-chip HDMI 1.3a interface.

Orion is designed to support package-on-package (POP) with memory stacking to reduce the footprint. A derivative of Orion, which is housed in a standalone package with a 0.8mm ball pitch, is also available.

Samsung’s new dual-core application processor, Orion, will be available to select customers in the fourth quarter of 2010 and is scheduled for mass production in the first half of 2011.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

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Samsung announces dual-core processor, codenamed Orion


I wants it sooo bad. I might need 4 spare batteries to get through the day but it sounds like some kind of awesome

Integrated HDMI output, integrated SATA-compatible storage, sounds like the makings of a killer set top box. Or I guess your phone could use one too.

Yep, its getting to the point where the developers themselves will have to make battery extensions just to make the phone last more than 4 hours

A dual core does not take twice the battery of a single core, so if they just reserver twice the battery space in the device we should be fine.

Remember, most of your battery goes to running the screen.

Anyone who has ever run a linux workstation knows the improvement in speed and responsiveness that dual cores bring. This is going to be one freaking awesome device.

People are definitely pissed they dished out the cash for their Vibrants and Captivates, look at it this way at least you're not like Evo users who wasted money for a device that will soon be obsolete. Plus these things won't be out on the market til 2011 second quarter at the very least.

my evo won't be obsolete until a similar device can reach 5mb of download speeds (wich is what I get where i live)
what do you recomend? stick to my razor for ever because there is a new phone coming out every month? lol

You won't see this in phones for a year. Select customers can get sample chips late this year. You still have to build a phone around it.

How did Evo owners waste there money if these are still a year away? If your a premier customer u can get the dual processors next year and still enjoy this soon to be obsolete phone.

Something to look forward to come upgrade time. But then again, that is two years away, by then maybe quad core CPU's will be all the rage. :lol:

I am quite happy with my Canadian Vibrant and Evo owners I imagine couldn't be happier either.

Like was said above. What are we supposed to do? Hang onto our feature phones forever. F*** that.

My LG Rumor2 serves as a nice pocket watch these days. ;)

Samsung has been leading in the performance area out of Cortex A8 based processors. If you doubt this, see this site:

I have a warm and fuzzy feeling that Orion will similarly outperform the counterparts (Cortex A9 based processors) from Texas Instrument and Qualcomm. My contract expires in April next year. Perfect timing. :)

Wow to single out just the Evo is retarted. Its still one of the hottest and hard phones to find. Just stop with the Evo bashing, its made its point and hopefully they will have a Evo2 come out to use one of these dual cpus