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Samsung and Intrinsity make 1Ghz chip breakthrough

One of the fastest phone chips available today could make its way to the next-generation iPhone

Samsung and Intrinsity make 1Ghz chip breakthrough

Samsung and Intrinsity have jointly announced one of the fastest phone microprocessors to date at speeds of 1Ghz.

Codenamed Hummingbird, it is similar to the processor used in the Apple iPhone that stands at a 600Mhz clock speed. The new 1Ghz breakthrough could easily see Hummingbird used in the iPhone 4G, which has been shrouded in secrecy by Apple.

Technically, the 45 nanometer ARM Cortex-A8 processor, that is capable of delivering 2000DMIPS at 1GHz, will be faster and more power efficient. While most ARM chips today use a 65-nanometer or ‘fatter’ process, Intrinsity has managed to get 1GHz on a thinner, and hence faster, 45-nanometer manufacturing process.

“The biggest challenge in mobile processor core design and implementation is to achieve high clock speed performance while keeping the power consumption low,” said Dr. Jae Cheol Son, VP, SOC Platform Development, System LSI Division, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung’s forthcoming SOC products which are based on the Hummingbird will enable our customers to add many more advanced processing capabilities to their mobile products without sacrificing battery life.”

ARM licenses its low-power chip designs to many of the world's largest chip suppliers including Samsung, Qualcomm and Nvidia.

Electronics market research firm Forward Concepts has predicted that the cellphone processors market will grow from $2 billion in 2008 to $6.1 billion in 2013, with ARM’s Cortex-A family accounting for about half of the total market by that time.

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