Samsung Moves Away from ARM Chips in Favor of Custom Exynos M1 Chipsets
Samsung famously (or notoriously) ditched Qualcomm this year when it came to powering the next iteration of its Galaxy S series of phones, the Galaxy S6. Citing overheating and general performance issues, the Korean giant opted against the Snapdragon 810 in favor of a newer iteration of its Exynos in-house chip. The downside to this, however, is a reliance on ARM architecture (which Qualcomm and others, including Apple, do not use),
In what looks to be a bold, but predicted move, Samsung’s next line of in-house cores will likely be powered by an Exynos M1 core, and utilize custom architecture in an effort to avoid being dependent on ARM.
The leak comes via a references to the Exynos M1 that’s been added to the latest development tools for ARM cores.
Chipset makers typically release new technology to developers nine to 12 months away from the start of a new production cycle, which would fall in line with the M1 series being used on the (presumed) Galaxy S7 next spring. Reports say the new Exynos M1 is 45 percent faster than the Exynos 7420 used in the Galaxy S6.
Utilizing custom processors could also open up the new Exynos series’ use for other applications, such as custom GPUs. Samsung has been a regular player in the chip supply business for many years, and there’s no reason to assume it won’t want to diversify and maximize the potential of an all-new custom processor.
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