Samsung Exynos 7 ARM Cortex A57 Processor Linux Code Submitted

Samsung has not announced any 64-bit processor yet, but according to a recent patchset Exynos 7 may be their first 64-bit ARM SoC, and it will be based on the faster Cortex A57 cores. A quick way to learn a little more is to check the device tree file (exynos7.dtsi).

Samsung_Exynos_7Here’s an interesting snippet:


As it stands, Exynos7 would be a single core Cortex A57 processor. This sounds unlikely that a company would launch a single core processor at this stage, so it’s probably early code that may not support all cores just yet.  We also know Samsung uses ESPRESSO board for development with Samsung Exynos 7 processor and 3 GB RAM.

Thanks to David for the tips.

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davidlt
davidlt
6 years ago

It’s their first consumer ARMv8 64-bit silicon, but they also had GH7 for development purposes probably. DTSI has a single A57 core, but that already raised questions from reviewers. A single core might only as an example with actual cores being specified in DTS, or some kind of workaround for a lack of code for Exynos7 (it’s just an initial patchset). The first indicator that Samsung was up to something was when Evandro Menezes (Samsung, US) earlier this month sent a patch to gcc-patches regarding a fix for AArch64 also created another bug report for AArch64. AFAIK, he is probably… Read more »

kcg
kcg
6 years ago

@davidlt
Sorry, but could you be more specific about Tegra K1 64bit boards? IIRC those are just plain Cortex-A15 boards since so called Nvidia Denver was not released in silicon yet.

davidlt
davidlt
6 years ago

kcg :
@davidlt
Sorry, but could you be more specific about Tegra K1 64bit boards? IIRC those are just plain Cortex-A15 boards since so called Nvidia Denver was not released in silicon yet.

I might have been mistaken regarding Project Tango, the tear down showed 4-core Tegra K1. There are DTS for several boards in Android and Chromium source tree with tegra132. DTS states it’s 2 cores, compatible with “nvidia,denver” and “arm,armv8”. These boards are only for internal and partners use for bringing up the products (Android smartphones and new Chromebooks).

davidlt
davidlt
6 years ago

@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft) 5433 doesn’t make sense for me. 5430 was the first 20nm silicon. From the marketing point of view naming ARMv8 64-bit silicon 5433 wouldn’t make sense as it would confuse people. Thus I would expect Note 4 to have Exynos 7. More patches are flowing in from Samsung, also from more developers. The timing for Note 4 is also perfect. We will know for sure in a few days. They definitely need at least 20nm for A57 in mobile silicon. Samsung also promised 14nm FinFET (also Globalfoundaries will use Samsungs’ 14nm FinFET process) and custom ARMv8 cores… Read more »

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