Samsung Electronics introduced a new ARM-based processor for smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona, Spain. The S3C6410 “mobile application processor” includes special hardware accelerators to handle motion video processing and 3D graphics, thereby freeing up the main processor for other tasks and speeding overall performance.
Samsung Electronics will update its mobile processor lineup with a new chip that combines a 667MHz processor core with hardware acceleration for multimedia, including 3D graphics and video, the company said Sunday.
The S3C6410 mobile processor is made using a 65-nanometer process and is designed for use in smart phones and navigation devices. To be shown at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, samples of the new chip will be available to device makers in May with volume shipments planned to begin during the third quarter.
The S3C6410 combines a 667MHz Arm processor core with a hardware video accelerator that supports multiple video formats, including MPEG4 and H.264. The chip, which supports a variety of smart phone operating systems, including Symbian, Windows Mobile and Linux, can capture and replay video using less power than would otherwise be possible, thereby extending battery life, Samsung said.
The chip has also been designed to work with a variety of memory types, including DRAM and flash memory, which should give device makers more flexibility when designing future products, the chip maker said.
Pricing for the S3C6410 was not disclosed.