Samsung to try and overpower Snapdragon and Apple's A-series processors with a $115 billion push

Samsung to try and overpower Snapdragon and Apple's A-series processors with a $115 billion push
Samsung is planning a whopping $115 billion investment in its processors business that is going to be spread out until 2030. Right now, it is the king of memory chips, but it apparently plans to take on Intel, Qualcomm, Apple, Huawei and all other chipset designers by becoming number one in processors, too.

Right now, Samsung is making Exynos processors for its Galaxy line of phones, and those chips might benefit from the gigantic push that Samsung announced. From now until 2030, Samsung will be putting the equivalent of $9.6 billion a year into the development of the next generation logic chips and the breathtaking amount is sure to catapult it among the best in the field.

Will Exynos chips become as good as Apple's A-series processors? That's to be determined, but they are right now on almost equal footing with Qualcomm, whose Snapdragon line, however, has an advantage in the graphics subsystem, as well as cellular modem integration.

The money will go not only for research and development, but for foundries and other production facilities as well, and Samsung plans to employ 15,000 people in the quest to become the world's best and largest processor maker. Good news for Galaxy phones and, hopefully, the Exynos line's integrated graphics and modems, too.

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20 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

The inconsistencies between the two versions is pretty frustrating, there are some good deals on the S10e here in Aus but the battery train and degraded gpu specs are holding me back. If you import the SD version, Samsung blocks Samsung pay. They need to hurry up and at least catch Qualcomm. The day Exynos chips surpass A chips is the day benchmarks will start to matter here. Surprising calm around here since the Galaxy Fold disaster :D, I wonder why...

3. Lion007

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Note-worthy... :)

7. Onespot

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

My one and only reason to skip s10 plus n wait for Oneplus 7 pro

8. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 703; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I think most of that money is placed against TSMC. It doesn’t cost much money to design a SoC but it costs a lot to buy the production equipment especially if you want to achieve a smaller node every two years.

2. sonofabdoel2nd

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 21, 2018

My favorite parts.. "Will Exynos chips become as good as Apple's A-series processors? That's to be determined, but they are right now on almost equal footing with Qualcomm, whose Snapdragon line, however, has an advantage in the graphics subsystem, as well as cellular modem integration." Feel so PhoneArena.

4. vasra

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Samsung, you are too late. You need good designers and Apple, Intel and AMD have already bought all the best. The best you can do is modify Ref ARM designs and that won't be enough.

5. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

thanks for the laugh, you have no idea what you're talking about.

9. blingblingthing

Posts: 978; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Offer those guys a bigger pay check and they'll work for you. Also. The processor offerings will only get better. That better has to come from somewhere. New ideas from young people.

11. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

You're joking about Intel right? They haven't accomplished jack in 5 years now.

6. iloveapps

Posts: 862; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Did they really think that its not just the design that matters, its also the software. Low spec iphones runs smoother than any android flagships because of hardware and software integration. They should start developing their OS, not just overlay of android.

10. blingblingthing

Posts: 978; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Lol. You guys claim these iPhones are low spec and run well. You mean the iPhones are low spec and the OS is limited. No split screen, floating windows etc. You'll see Apple fans boasting the 5s runs iOS 12 but they don't mention iOS 12 still hasn't caught up to Android. Also, iOS 12 on an iPhone 5s is slower than the original iOS 6/7 it launched on. There is a reason windows XP had lower hardware requirements than Windows 10.

12. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Apple leaves alot of features out of the updates for older models as well.

14. iloveapps

Posts: 862; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

So basically you are comparing iPhone useful features than your thousands customizations. iOS has split screen and PnP but limited to ipad due to functionality over form. They need to differentiate iphones from ipad. Now if you want to get all these things in one device then why do Samsung FOld (Fail) doesn’t have stylus.

19. iushnt

Posts: 3124; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I hope for your speedy recovery and you get over Apple soon.

20. Gryffin

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

cos they already have a device (Note 9) that has everything.

13. dumpster666

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

i will never buy a galaxy phone with Exynos.

15. Habib111

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 12, 2019

Well good luck for Korea!

16. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Hopefully this is a sign that they will actually build a GPU for their exynos line instead of relying on mali

17. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Maybe in 2030 we will see the equivalent of an AMD Threadripper 2 and an Nvidia Titan RTX in a Galaxy phone. One can only hope.

18. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Will be exciting to see what they design.

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