Next-gen Samsung SoC has USB 3.0, WQXGA display support

Looks like next-generation Samsung smartphones and tablets will boast PC-class storage interfaces. Samsung's new Exynos 5 SoC features not only 6Gbps Serial ATA connectivity, but also USB 3.0. The latter should prove particularly useful for folks transferring files to and from their devices, and it makes the Exynos an intriguing option for netbook/tablet hybrids.

Of course, faster storage interfaces aren't the only new hotness in the Exynos 5. The chip features dual CPU cores based on ARM's Cortex-A15 architecture. Those cores are clocked at 1.7GHz, according to the official press release, and they're fed by dual channels of 800MHz LPDDR3 memory. The 12.8GB/s of bandwidth provided by the memory interface allows the chip to power displays with resolutions up to 2560x1600, the same number of pixels as 30" desktop monitors. In what's claimed to be a first in the mobile industry, Samsung has integrated an Embedded DisplayPort controller and PHY right onto the Exynos SoC. HDMI 1.4a output is supported, as well.

Pixel-pushing horsepower is provided by ARM's quad-core Mali-T604 GPU, which allows the graphics processor to perform general-purpose computing tasks via OpenCL. Samsung's Exynos 5 whitepaper claims the GPU doubles the 3D graphics performance of the Mali-400 graphics processor in the Exynos 4. On the video front, the Exynos 5 is purportedly capable of decoding 1080p content at 60 FPS.

There's no mention of when devices based on the Exynos 5 will hit the market, but I hope we don't have to wait too long. I really like the idea of an ultra-high-PPI tablet with a 2560x1600 display and USB 3.0 connectivity.

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