Further blurring the line between smartphone and computer, Samsung Electronics is developing a dual-core, 2GHz mobile processor for release as early as 2012.
A high-ranking official from the company told Korean news site MK that the dual-core CPU, with a total processing capability of 4GHz, would have the data-processing capabilities of a PC. Samsung branched out and launched its own chip branch, Exynos, back in February, so it is likely that the new processor will be released under that brand.
Though it would be simpler to develop a single-core, 4GHz processor, Samsung is opting for the dual-core, 2GHz processor, because it is better suited for smartphones. Multi-tasking, for instance, is smoother on a dual-core processor, which allows for the allotment of different tasks onto different cores.
Samsung is also looking to expand its processor sales under the Exynos brand. So, aside from developing its own smartphones with this dual-core chip, Samsung is also considering manufacturing the CPU separately and selling it to other smartphone makers.
There are a few smartphones with dual-core processors already on the market. Probably the best known of these is the Motorola Atrix 4G from AT&T, which has a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip. The recently-released T-Mobile G2x also has this same NVIDIA processor. In addition, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II will have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor made by Samsung itself.