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CES: Samsung talks up power of new ARM chip for smartphones & tablets, Youm bendable display

by David Needle

January 9 2013

Bendable displays, like these Samsung showed off at CES, will soon be coming to smartphones and other devices.
Bendable displays, like these Samsung showed off at CES, will soon be coming to smartphones and other devices.

Dr. Stephen Woo, president of Samsung Electronics’ Device Solutions Division, used his keynote at CES Wednesday to show off Exynos 5 Octa, touted as the world’s first mobile application processor. The keynote wrapped up with an appearance by former U.S. president Bill Clinton.

The tech giant also unveiled a prototype of Youm, a new flexible display the company says will lead to bendable, rollable and even foldable displays. The prototype was shown in a phone.

On the chip front, Woo said the Exynos 5 Octa offers “a whole new concept in processing architecture...designed for high-end smartphones and tablets.” He said the ARM-best is particularly adept at improving the performance on devices when running multiple applications.

Exynos 5 Octa builds on the Exynos 5 Dual processor already used in such products as Google’s Chromebook and Nexus 10 tablet.

Warren East, CEO of ARM, joined Woo on stage and noted the new chip houses a total of eight cores and offers 70% higher energy efficiency compared to the Exynos 5 Dual.

No word on what systems might first incorporate the new processor.

Why more powerful mobile chips are needed

As mobile devices like smartphones and tablet increasing tap cloud services and giant stores of data, their ability to process and deliver all that information quickly and efficiently becomes increasingly important.

SAP’s global CIO Oliver Bussmann told TabTimes earlier this week at CES that processor performance is critical because security features like encryption can be a drain.

“We [SAP] have hardware and software encryption on the device so whatever performance we can get we’ll use it,” said Bussmann.

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