Technology.am (July 28, 2009) — Samsung and Intrinsity have announced one of the fastest low-power chip designs to date.
The new Samsung-Intrinsity chip, code-named “Hummingbird,” this new chip is designed with smartphones in mind as it balances power consumption and high clock speeds. Typically, the smaller the chip’s geometries, the faster and more power efficient it is.
The new 1GHz chip co-developed by Austin, Texas-based Intrinsity and Samsung is similar to the processor that currently powers the iPhone 3GS: a 600MHz Samsung processor based on the ARM Cortex A8 design.
To get speed 1GHz, Intrinsity uses a 45-nm manufacturing process. Most ARM chips use a 65-nm or “fatter” process. Typically, the smaller the chip’s geometries, the faster and more power efficient it is.
On the other hand, Qualcomm is currently shipping a 1GHz ARM chip that is used in the recently-announced Toshiba TG01 smartphone. And Texas Instruments has also announced that its future OMAP chips will pack multiple processing cores and hit GHz speeds.