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Samsung Steps Up Its Game, Bring On Orion

Posted: September 7, 2010 in Android
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As of right now, statistically speaking, Samsung’s Hummingbird A8 processor is the fastest on the market.  Now Samsung wants to out-do itself before anyone else has a chance to.  It has officially announced Orion.  Its 1 Ghz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with “5 times the 3D graphics performance over the previous processor generation from Samsung.”

The Orion will feature an embedded GPS, 1080p video encoding at 30fps, a native triple display controller and an on-chip HDMI 1.3a interface.  To optimize the performance of the CPU, Samsung has included a few additions such as a 1MB L2 cache and support for DDR3 memory.

So is anyone else drooling at this point?  This will by far blow anything out of the water as far as processing power goes.  Their current A8 Hummingbird chipset is already able to process 90 million triangles per second, that’s 3 times more than the new iPhone4, so we’re going to go 5 times more on this chipset. Simply put, Orion will offer roughly the processing power of a Playstation 3 or an Xbox 360. That’s a lot of power in a tiny device!

Samsung said the Orion will be available to select customers by the end of the year (who these customers are? I have no idea) and the chip will go into mass production in the first half of 2011.  One could only assume these will be implemented into the next iteration of Galaxy phones, as well as any future tablets, considering they’ve already said they have one in the works for Android 3.5 (Honeycomb.)

It looks like we’ll be gearing up for yet another exciting year in Android come 2011!

Full press release after the jump!