Samsung outs 'retina display' ARM chippery
2560 x 1600 graphics on a mobe, anyone?
World+Dog is drooling over Samsung's latest ARM chip, the dual-core Exynos 5250, announced this week.
What has got the saliva flowing? The 2GHz clock speed, a memory bandwidth of 12.8GB/s, DisplayPort support and the ability to pump out graphics at resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600.
The catch: the 32nm, Cortex A15-based chip won't be out in devices until the second half of 2012.
What else is out in H2 2012? That's right, Windows 8 tablets based on the ARM architecture. Just in time, eh, Samsung?
Microsoft could do with such a boost. Windows 8 will be arriving long after not only the iPad but also a raft of Android tablets have established themselves.
As market watcher Forrester Research noted yesterday, declining consumer interest in Windows tabs is going to make it harder for sellers to persuade them to opt for a Windows machine.
Smart chips from Samsung and suchlike will make their job less onerous. ®
It could be argued...
...that Samsung has to let Apple use their patents under Fair Use laws. However, there is no law that says you have to sell to someone.
This is Samsung's ace in the hole. If Apple gets too prickly they just turn off the taps.
Please, Please, Pretty Please
can I have that resolution on my desktop
DisplayPort is HDMI + other features. So much so that you can use passive adapters to hook displayport up to an HDMI connection.
So it isn't anything like VHS vs Betamax. It's more like DVD vs HDDVD.
not this nonsense again
I thought it was bad enough with the rumours about the ipad 3(4/5/6/7/8/9....) about to have screen resolutions at that level. Remember, they have been rumouring these high res displays for over a year now with nothing more than some basic proof of concept prototypes to show for.
Going above 1920x1080 on a portable screen smaller than 13" is complete nonsense for several reasons:
1. There is no media out there or websites designed for such a high res, so why waste all those extra pixels? As a marketing buzz word? Give me a 1920x1080 Super AMOLED Plus screen over this any day. Infact 1280x800 would suffice if I can have blisteringly good 3D graphics.
2. nobody will actually notice a difference between a 1920x1080 10" screen or one running at 2560x1600 without a magnifying glass. The galaxy S2 for example actually has a lower res than the iphone 4 in a larger screen and yet nobody has complained it lacks sharpness or detail. Such high pixel densities are nothing more than a marketing gimmick with no real discernible benefits in everyday use.
3. The processing power doesn't exist in a portable format to run 3D at a usable frame rate and quality at that res. A desktop graphics card can just about push a reasonable number of polygons at that resolution whilst drawing over 100W of power. Would you rather have highly detailed environments and complex detailing in portable games running at 1280x800 or sub PS 1 quality running at 2560x1600? I know which I would prefer.
4. Has it dawned on anyone that being able to run at such a high res might have more to do with the ability to hook up your tablet to a big screen than actually being able to show it on the device itself?
So please, put a stop to this nonsense once and for all.
Why is everyone thinking 'windows tablets' and microsofts OS? To me, this has samsung galaxy s3 phone written all over it. So far all the leaked specs seem dubious at best, but i think 2ghz quad core would be quite likely and at the right time. And if so, I think samsung would keep it in house for a while to keep their competitors a technological step behind.