Samsung Partners With ARM & AMD to Make Smartphone Chips

Samsung is reportedly joining forces with chip-making giants ARM and AMD to build custom CPU cores for its Exynos chipsets. The move comes as an effort to bring Exynos SoCs up to par with Qualcomm’s offerings and these Exynos chips will likely be used for future flagships such as the Galaxy S21/30 series.


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After Huawei lost its supply of Kirin chips due to the US ban, Samsung has become the only tech giant with its own custom chips. It is now looking to become the top Android application processor (AP) maker as well.

It was quite clear that the Exynos 990 was not on par with the Snapdragon 865 or the 865+, both in terms of performance and stability, but this partnership between the chipmakers might change things for the better. A report from Business Korea claims that this could result in massive improvements for the Exynos lineup.

According to the report, Samsung has announced that it has already started working with ARM to produce CPU cores called Cortex X that bring a 30% improvement over Cortex A77 cores. While ARM will be helping Samsung with CPU performance, AMD will be working on the graphics side of things.

Qualcomm currently has the lead in terms of graphics processing with its Adreno GPUs and this development could help Samsung beat the American chipmaker with its own AMD powered custom GPUs. The report adds that the NPUs (Neural Processing Units) and modems for the chipsets will also be significantly better than before.

It is too early to be talking about which company comes out on top and that will only be revealed once we get to see real-life performance of these new chips.