It’s very possible that Samsung will take a long hard look at building ARM tablets and notebooks with its own Exynos processors.
It just released the new Exynos 5250. The new chip is based on the ARM Cortex A15 architecture. It’s manufactured using a low-power 32nm high-k metal gate process and is capable of performance nearly twice that of a Cortex A9 chip.
The Exynos 5250 chips pack two cores clocked at 2GHz, and it’s capable of supporting resolutions up to 2560×1600. According to Samsung, the 5250 is earmarked for use in high-end tablets — though it won’t start rolling off production lines until the middle of 2012.
Samsung also says the Exynos 5250 delivers four times the graphics processing power over previous-generation chips. That’s made possible by the arrival of ARM’s T604 “Midgard” GPU, and the Exynos 5250 will be one of the first chips on the market utilizing the new graphics powerplant.
The T604 is OpenGL ES and OpenCL compatible and it also offers DirectX 11 support — which should cement the 5250′s chances of powering a Windows 8 slate.