Thursday, January 27, 2022

Samsung to increase usage of its Exynos and make itself independent from Qualcomm

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Samsung Electronics, the world’s biggest smartphone producer, is one of only a few businesses that manufacture its semiconductors. Unlike Apple, Samsung employs semiconductors from Qualcomm and MediaTek in addition to its own Exynos SoC.

Until far, the bulk of Samsung phones have relied on third-party CPUs rather than the brand’s own, but that may soon change as the South Korean technology behemoth plans to lessen its reliance on US-based chipmaker Qualcomm.

Currently, only roughly 20% of Samsung’s whole smartphone lineup is powered by its own Exynos series CPUs. Although Qualcomm leads the mid-range and luxury smartphone markets, many new entry-level phones now use MediaTek CPUs.

According to a report from Electronic Times (via ITHome), starting in 2022, the number of Samsung Galaxy smartphones powered by its Exynos chips would increase by two or three times, and the System LSI Division’s production capacity for the Exynos family of chips will more than double.

The global chip shortage is one of the reasons cited for this action. Because of a shortage of Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 CPUs, the business had to postpone the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE smartphone multiple times, and it is now set to ship in January of next year. This has dealt a huge setback to the South Korean firm’s sales and launch plans.

According to reports, the Samsung Exynos 2200 will feature the new ARMv9 architecture that was introduced this year. This one places a strong emphasis on AI, machine learning, and security, which means the chipset will profit from them. However, it remains to be seen how well the Exynos 2200 will perform against serious rivals like the Apple A15 and Snapdragon 8 Gen1 (aka Snapdragon 898).

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Nivedita Bangari
I am a software engineer by profession and technology is my love, learning and playing with new technologies is my passion.


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