What’s Wrong With Exynos 5 Octa Production?

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Exynos 5 OctaWe have been waiting with some amount of anticipation on how Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa octo-core processor will perform. It was unveiled officially at CES 2013 and Samsung’s effort was endorsed by celebrities, including Bill Clinton.

According to recent benchmark results, the Exynos 5 Octa looks like a rather impressive piece of silicon. It easily bests all mobile chips on the market, even the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor; which is used by the LG Optimus G Pro and HTC One. Despite its great potential, Samsung decides to choose the Snapdragon 600 chip for units released in the US.

It turns out; the reason is not that the Exynos 5 Octa doesn’t support 4G LTE connectivity. Another suspicion is that Samsung’s can’t produce the Exynos 5 Octa in sufficient numbers.

So, what’s the holdup? Apparently Samsung chose a cheaper and simpler way when designing the octa-core processor. The Gate First method may offer easier transition, but it causes yield problem, especially when it involves more complex SoC.

In the end, it may tae awhile before the South Korean company is able to find ways to ramp up the Exynos 5 Octa production.

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