Samsung turns to designing custom CPU cores for its Exynos mobile chipsets

Samsung turns to designing custom CPU cores for its Exynos mobile chipsets
Do you think Samsung smartphones should run on its in-house chips following the Exynos 7420's breakthrough in the Galaxy S6? Yes? Good news! Business Korea reports that Samsung's large scale integration (LSI) division recently began developing a custom CPU core project for mobile application processors. 

This is another important step towards establishing Samsung Semiconductor as a maker and supplier of grade-a silicon for mobile device vendors. As you probably know, the company forged its skills by producing custom AP's for Apple, in addition to its strong presence in the memory chip business.

But now that Samsung's ambition has grown to creating, using, and selling chips of its own, it makes sense to develop custom cores and achieve CPU design freedom. The company already had a flying start in custom CPU making, coming up with the impressive Exynos 7420 SoC, which powers the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. But this chipset employs licensed ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 designs, although it is made on Samsung's own FinFET 14nm fabrication process.

Hopefully, Samsung's CPU core design ventures will enjoy similar success. The company "expects to see results" from the project by the first quarter of next year, and aims to use in-house processors for its high-end products.

In addition, Samsung has been progressing with integrating mobile processors and modems on a single die, which could put its chipsets in the same league as Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform. Samsung started pretty late with the whole processor thing, but it seems eager to grow.

source: Business Korea via G For Games

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28 Comments

1. FluffyBled unregistered

Awesome ... it's what I've been waiting for :O! Custom cores designed and produces by them ... what could go wrong with that?

10. seven7dust unregistered

But I hope they switch to powerVR like their hummingbird processor at the time that thing was a beast it had the fastest graphics for over 2 years. Mali leaves a lot to be desired, it also doesn't support Vulcan as well.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5654; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Where are you getting your info? Android Lollipop doesn't support Vulkan yet But anything with OpenGL ES 3.1 (which Lollipop supports) can be updated to Vulkan ARM's Midgard 1st gen from 2012 has OpenGL ES 3.1 So the T760 (Midgard 3rd gen) will be updated to Vulkan Google probably will include Vulkan in Android M later this year Also the T760-MP8 in the S6 is tied with the 810's Adreno 430, and ahead of the A8's PowerVR GX6450 And there's the T880 coming later this year The A9's PowerVR GT7400/GT7600 and 820's Adreno 530 will have tough competition from the T880

15. TyrionLannister unregistered

The T760 MP8 is about 25% more powerful than adreno 430 in T Rex: http://goo.gl/zH3Mdr

16. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

No, it's on par with Adreno 430 in Manhattan and T-rex offscreen: http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s6-review-1227p5.php

20. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

The official site gives a small advantate (around 10%) to the Mali760 MP8 over Adreno 430. But I would like to see more reviews (with 3DMark and BasemarkX included) before saying anything for sure:https://gfxbench.com/compare.jsp?cols=2&D1=HTC+One+M9+%280PJA10%2C+6535LVW%29&os1=Android&api1=gl&D2=Samsung+Galaxy+S6+%28SM-G920x%29&os2=Android&api2=gl&benchmark=gfx31

22. TyrionLannister unregistered

I prefer the original site over GSMArena. See the link TylerGrunter gave you.

2. SamsungEU

Posts: 147; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

The future is now!

3. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

could put its chipsets in the same league as Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform. Samsung started pretty late with the whole processor thing, but it seems eager to grow. in the same league as qualcomm the 7420 is in a league of its own ahead of any snapdragon soc. eager to grow lol sammy has grown to bigger and greater heights than any other mobile chip maker its the others playing catch up now not sammy

4. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

It seems Samsung hit a jackpot in 2015.

5. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Stahp it, Samsung! You're spoiling us!

6. JMartin22

Posts: 2355; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Not only will this put competitive pressure on Qualcomm for designing their own mobile processors, but using a custom design, as opposed to a cookie cutter reference, will help Samsung achieve the performance optimization and efficiency they would like. I definitely see this as a victory for Samsung customers and competition in general.

9. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Very wise words.

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Samsung is coming back and how...

8. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Good news.

11. Diego!

Posts: 864; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

This is great news. I don't think they started pretty late, but they learned all the way until they produce Exynos 7420 SoC. Now, they are going to use that knowledge they've been learning so far and produce the very best of their own. Go for it Sammy!

12. Nabil2511

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

this will not only breathe a new start for Samsung in terms of performance in chipsets, but it will also be beneficial for them in terms of economical stand point as they dont have to purchase any Qualcomm's chipset anymore.

14. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Apple will buy Qualcomm soon.

18. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Nope. Too many US Employees. Apple have an aversion to hiring Americans.

17. twens

Posts: 1167; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

This company is just too diverse and means business I never see them disappearing anytime soon. The way they strive for better and next generation tech just keeps me amazed. I mean see what they did with Amoled, that tech has surpassed LCD in almost every aspect and yet they keep making it better and better. Samsung is truly a company that deserves the type of followers Apple has got cos in all honesty they keep pushing boundaries.

19. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

It will be interesting to see what we'll get in next year's galaxy s and note series, keep pushing it samsung, well done!!!

21. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

With all the money Samsung pumps into R&D, they show their seriousness to any project they tackle.

23. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Samsung is with the knife and cheese in the hands

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wow! Id Samsung becomes the Intel of mobile, Qualcomm is goign to have some real issues. I personally don't think Samsung needs to use ARM designs anymore. They have the capability to make a 100% Samsung SoC, that would blow the doors off anything. Just please make an awesome GPU too. Samsung is the true innovator.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If Sammy pulls this off, other OEM's who use ARM for refernce designs, could potentially license or just pay Samsung to make them chips. This could even include Apple who liek Samsung is a ARM licensee. You never know, one day the iPhone; if it is still around; could be using Samsung reference designs and not ARM's which would make 80% of the components in an iPhone made by Samsung. Which is why I don't understand why people think the iPhone is better when Samsung makes the SoC for Apple, they also supply other parts too like the internal storage and more.

26. obedchuni

Posts: 328; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

well techie they are only made by samsung but its been designed by apple, don't you get it and apple would never use use samsung designed chips as samsung don't know how the ios works and only apple knows it, how can samsung makes better phones than iphone pls samsung only makes cheap plastic phone and now they have blatantly copied iphone 4 of 2011, I m sure that most samsung users have urged for metal body but instead samsung focus on glass and I guess it more prone to cracks when you drop the phone, also now samsung users won't be bashing about sd card and removable battery, which they have been doing for long long time, so 1st they copied glass cover and 2 they copied the non removable battery and no sd card, they only thing they cannot copy is touch id, even they copied apple pay and named it as samsung pay...haha...what a shameless copy, just trying to be apple which they would never be.

27. Tech-24

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Man its depressing when lower minded individuals like yourself obedchuni get on well thought forums like this. Your the type that goes APPLE IS MAKING CARS HAHAH FIRST like a childish youtube commenter but than get slammed down when people go... uh Samsung does/did make cars already... like a long time ago too. The point that I think twens said best is Samsung is pushing the boundaries while Apple freezes the progress of technology in our daily lives. So please obedchuni when in a couple or maybe even ten years when Apple comes out with a solar charging phone remember that Samsung did it first.... Google it!

28. obedchuni

Posts: 328; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

why its depressing tech, does my comment made a hole in your heart, samsung is pushing the boundaries and what the boundaries you guys are talking about, using arms design core like other chip makers do, that means mediatek chip and samsung chips are both same only the difference is GPU, i m sure that mediatek will be using the same gpu like samsung might be using for eg: mali or power vr thats all, no new architecture and that means pushing the boundaries for you guys then you are nuts, and compare that to A8 that means pushing boundaries not what samsung is doing, I didn't saw solar charging phone in any samsung flagship model, that means they didn't use the technology properly and ya if apple comes out with solar charging phone, it would be tested again and again, so it proves that they have properly implemented the solar charging technology and that the difference between samsung and apple.

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