Samsung recently showed off its dual-core Cortex-A9 Orion featuring quad-core Mali-400 GPU at Techcron 2010.
The Samsung Orion (model name: S5PV310XH) will run at 1GHz (this frequency might be increased later on: I’ve read 1.2 GHz, 1.5GHz or even up to 2 GHz.) and use 45nm lower power manufacturing technology.
Samsung already have a BSP using Linaro kernel and the development board having the following characteristics:
- Samsung Orion SoC
- Low power audio subsystem
- Embedded GPS
- 2D Graphics Acceleration
- TFT 24-bit true color LCD Controller
- MALI-400 3D Graphics
- TV-out and HDMI interface support
- Multi-format codec up to 1080p @ 30fps
The device would runs Android on top of Linaro kernel which takes care of all the low level stuffs.
If you are interested in developing for this platform, you can already download and play around with Linaro 10.11 which already supports Cortex A8 and A9 platforms.
The Samsung Orion is rumored to be used in Nexus S (aka GT-i9020) – the successor of Google Nexus One – developed by Google and Samsung. However, I’ve also heard Nexus S would be released by the end of the year, which would make it unlikely to use Samsung Orion at this stage.