What is holdup with Samsung Exynos 5 Octa? (Only 30% of S4 will be powered by the Exynos Octa(
Why the Exynos 5 Octa chip so scarce?
"What's the holdup? Well, it turns out that Samsung went with the simpler and cheaper way to design 28nm chips like the Exynos 5 Octa, called gate-first, while the competing foundry TSMC designed its production capacity with the harder to implement gate-last process, developed by Intel. The problem stems from the fact that gate-first might be easier to transition to, but gives yield problems later on, especially with complex SoCs, and that's exactly what seems to be happening with Exynos 5 Octa. ""
" It was announced at the CES expo back in January, at a presentation, which, while not an off-Broadway show like the S4 unveiling, was pretty high up their in visuals and celebs, and where even former President Bill Clinton took the stage to endorse Samsung's efforts in making the world a better place, one gadget at a time."
Too bad Nvidia didn't get a piece of the action. Tegra 4 was announced at the same time as Samsung's chip.