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Samsung 32nm mobile application processor
Photo: Company [Sep 14, 2010]

Samsung Electronics has unveiled an engineering sample of its application processor using 32nm HKMG logic process. Codenamed Saratoga, the new application processor was designed to provide a low power, high performance and cost effective solution for next-generation consumer electronics products such as PND, electronics dictionaries and e-book readers.

"We announced in June this year the successful qualification of our 32nm HKMG low power logic process and design ecosystem," said Kwang-hyun Kim, senior VP of System LSI Sales and Marketing, Samsung. "Saratoga is the world's first application processor that is implemented in this 32nm process which offers lower leakage current, higher performance, and higher gate density."

Likes its 45nm predecessor, the 32nm Saratoga application processor is based on an ARM1176 CPU core. It features 2D graphics acceleration hardware that supports the OpenVG API standard. Saratoga is also equipped with a MIPI display serial interface which minimizes the EMI and lowers the number of pins needed to connect with the display panel, greatly reducing design complexity and cost.

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