September 7, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
Samsung’s Hummingbird chipset is able to process a whopping 90 million triangles per second, three times more than the iPhone 3GS, and it’s still the fastest Cortex-A8 CPU available for mobile devices.
Now Samsung is trying to outdo itself and already render the relatively new Hummingbird obsolete with the introduction of the Orion: a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with “5 times the 3D graphics performance over the previous processor generation from Samsung.”
The Orion will feature an embedded GPS, 1080p video encoding as well as decoding at 30fps, a native triple display controller and an on-chip HDMI 1.3a interface. To optimize the performance of the CPU, Samsung has included a few bonuses as well such as a 1MB L2 cache and support for DDR3 memory.
The Orion will be available to “select customers” around the end of the year and Samsung will start mass producing the CPU in the first half of 2011. It is likely that the company will use its latest and greatest processor for the next generation of Galaxy devices, and I’m thoroughly looking forward to the first Android phone rocking the Orion. One can only imagine what games designed for devices featuring this beast will look like, especially since the Orion should have more graphics processing power than the PlayStation 3 and almost as much as the Xbox 360.