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Samsung partners with ARM and AMD for custom chips to rival Qualcomm: Report


Samsung is apparently collaborating with AMD and ARM to bring custom CPU cores for its Exynos line of processors. These new chips will likely be for its next generation of Galaxy S30 flagship series and will be a step in Samsung’s aim at becoming the top Android application processor (AP) maker.


After Huawei lost its Kirin chip supply from TSMC, the South Korean tech giant is the only Android OEM with its own custom chips. While the recent Exynos 990 SoC wasn’t on par with its Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 and 865+ SoC, the dynamics might change with the upcoming generation of flagship mobile processors. According to a report from Business Korea, the new custom CPU cores that are being built through the help of AMD and ARM could have the Exynos lineup see a massive improvement overall.

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The report stated that Samsung is already working with ARM to create a new CPU based on the Cortex-X core, which was announced earlier this year and brought a 30 percent improvement in performance over the Cortex-A77

. While ARM helps out on the CPU side of things, AMD will be helping Samsung in the graphics performance of its upcoming custom chips.

Samsung + AMD

In the current market, Qualcomm has a lead in graphics processing with its Adreno GPU. Thus, to surpass the well established chipmaker, the South Korean OEM will have AMD develop custom GPU for its 2021 Exynos chips. Furthermore, the report also claims that the NPU (neural processing units) and the modems in the new chips will be better than Qualcomm’s offerings. Although, without the actual release, it is still too early to say which company’s chip will come out on top. So stay tuned.

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