Samsung Electronics has today announced its Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) solution for the Exynos 5 Octa processor, which maximizes the benefits of the ARM big.LITTLE technology. The newly unveiled HMP solution according to Samsung will offer a system-level ability to develop solutions that deliver the right combination of high-performance and low-power to carry out tasks such as 3D gaming, complex augmented reality and advanced web browsing.
Back in July, MediaTek introduced their world's first true octa-core chip capable of using all 8 cores at a time. At the same time, Samsung Exynos 5 Octa could only use four of its eight cores at a time. But now with the Heterogeneous Multi-Processing solution, the Samsung chip will also be able to use all 8 cores simentaniouly. However, the Heterogeneous Multi-Processing solution will be available later this year, around Q4.
Explaining how the processor works, Taehoon Kim, vice president of System LSI marketing, Samsung Electronics said that the big CPU will do all the performance-critical work while power-efficient little cores would handle other less-significant workloads. He added that an eight-core processor with HMP is the truest form of the big.LITTLE technology with limitless benefits to the users of high-performance, low-power mobile products.
The new solution will enable heavy duty tasks to run on the "big" A15 cores and small chores will run on the "LITTLE" A7 cores. The new processor setup will definitely improve 3D gaming, Augmented Reality, and advanced web browsing experience.
However the South Korean Giant has not disclosed the models which would feature the new Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) solution but speculations are that it would come in Galaxy S5.