Samsung Introduces the “Orion” Dual-Core Mobile Processor

Korean manufacturer Samsung, has entered the dual-core mobile processor war with their newest chip, the A9 processor codenamed Orion. The chip will be available to both smartphones and tablets. Orion will be replacing their Hummingbird chip that is presently in the Samsung Galaxy S. Currently there are two other dual-core processors on the market; the Snapdragon processor, which can be found in the HTC HD2 and the HTC Incredible and the Tegra 2 processor, which can be found in the Motorola DROID and the upcoming LG Optimus.

The processor itself has two 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores. The new structure of the chip will enable for improved battery life and faster performance concurrently. Samsung also says that the chip will allow for 1080p HD video playback at 30 frames per second. Samsung states that the processor is designed for “package on package” stacking. This basically means that the chip will stack processor modules on top of each other in order to save space. This is similar to Apple’s chip programming. What’s interesting is that Samsung manufactures the Apple A4 chip which can be found in the Ipad, Iphone 4 and the newest Ipod Touch. I believe that the Orion will do well in newer smartphones, especially because the Apple A4 processor has been solid thus far. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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