Samsung's new Exynos ModAP chip to compete with Qualcomm's Snapdragon silicon

Samsung's new Exynos ModAP chip to compete with Qualcomm's Snapdragon silicon
Samsung introduced its new Exynos ModAP chip on Thursday. This combines an application processor, and a modem, into one SoC. The chip is produced using the 28nm process, and includes a dedicated image signal processor to provide high-quality image and video capture and playback. The ModAP chip accomplishes this while using less energy than previous chips, and will compete with Qualcomm's higher priced Snapdragon systems. The latter also combine an applications processor with a modem.

In addition to the Exynos ModAP, Samsung also introduced a 300 series modem that supports older 2G and 3G networks such as HSPA+, TD-SCDMA and GSM. The chip also supports newer networks such as LTE, and LTE-A with carrier aggregation. Samsung also introduced on Thursday, a new Exynos RF IC baseband transceiver. The new chip works with multi-band and multi-mode LTE pipelines.

There is no word yet from the manufacturer as to when these new chips will be available.

source: Samsung via Phonescoop

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19 Comments

1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2253; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

While in the short term the leverage is still probably in Qualcomm's favor, I would say this can have a bigger impact in the long term as they improve the design and go towards a smaller manufacturing process (20 nm or even 14 nm). It could be that next year Samsung decides to put Exynos in some of the smartphones they ship to markets they now use Qualcomm for, which would hurt Qualcomm tremendously since Samsung is one of their largest customers.

7. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

28nm currently provides the most transistors per dollar, it's pointless to move forward with smaller process nodes considering that most fabs around the world are mass producing 28nm SoCs. 20nm is possible, but it's not cost effective.

13. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Biggest noob ever alert !

14. scy1192

Posts: 11; Member since: May 15, 2014

@mrblah thanks for alerting us to your presence

15. sipha

Posts: 439; Member since: May 12, 2012

Lol. thats actualy very funny..

20. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I agree with you. I really hope your computer still using 640kb RAM, because 640kb gives the most bang per dollar.

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It would be great for Samsung to be able differentiate their phones from others. If they used Exynos processors across the board, they could make their devices more powerful and not have to wait on someone. The older S series phone were more powerful than their rivals because there were no SOC monopoly.

19. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

some one could have a look at this site, check specs and tell me if it is same processor manufactured by samsung i.e. exynos or something new.http://www.flipkart.com/samsung-galaxy-s5/p/itmdv6f4k7hctgjz?pid=MOBDUUDTADHVQZXG&otracker=ch_vn_mobile_main_New%20Arrivals%20in%20Mobile%20Phones_prd_title

3. gutuebogdan

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

Good to hear that... qualcomm need a kick in the ass to move forward because since they seen themselves in the firs position they become lazy. A little competition will be in our benefit.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, IMO qualcomm has already gotten lazy The 801 is basically an higher binned 800 (just overclocked and better efficiency) The 805 seems to be a smaller improvement over the 801 IMO the 810 should be released at the end of this year I won't be surprise if Samsung's new Exynos or Apple's A8 or Nvidia's K1 have better performance

4. twens

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Well we all know it was during the s3-s4 that's exynos sucked. It's not like exynos has always been bad. Qualcom should be worried because it's not like thier chip is far ahead of exynos. When they loose sammy as a customer it will hurt them badly. But I have always knew this day will come where exynos will match or surpass snapdragon.

5. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

The exynos present on S3 has been awesome, far better than what did Qualcom offer in those times.

8. Furbal unregistered

Same for the note 2. It was very smooth

16. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

The problem is 1gb of RAM :(

6. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Could put Samsung in a good cost position since they will be the only one building most of their own phones themselves.

10. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It doesn't really work that way. Samsung fab sells SoC's to Samsung electronics, just like they would to Apple. The distinct divisions are run as separate business entities. There might be discounts, but not like you are thinking.

9. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

It'll be great if the Note 4 comes with this, but I'll assume that it won't. Maybe the Galaxy S6 will have this, or something similar.

17. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

That would suck for Qualcomm if the Galaxy S6 and beyond used Exynos only. All those sales of Snapdragon to Samsung gone.

18. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Why can't Samsung just concentrate on FOUR powerful cores instead of eight Shzizty cores?

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