As some of our readers might recall, last year, during the Analyst Day conference Samsung revealed that it’s planning on developing a new application processor featuring Sammy’s own 64-bit CPU cores, replacing ARM’s Cortex architecture which is currently used in the company’s Exynos chips.
Up until recently we haven’t heard much about Samsung’s progress in this area, but in September the rumor mill was grinding some interesting data suggesting that Sammy is also working on its own GPU. These rumors have now returned in full force, and according to the latest, the first Samsung designed GPU might debut in mid-2015. More details below.
Samsung Designed GPU to Debut in mid-2015?
Samsung’s Exynos SoCs make use of ARM Cortex cores for the CPU, while employing ARM’s Mali series of GPUs to take care of graphically intensive tasks. This might change next year though, as a fresh report from ZDNet Korea now suggests that Samsung is almost ready to introduce its own GPU in the race against ARM and Qualcomm. Reportedly, the chip might be ready for its market debut in mid-2015, which could mean that the first flagship phone to take advantage of this new setup would be the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
Although the report doesn’t mention the aforementioned 64-bit Samsung-developed CPU, we cannot help but speculate that the aforementioned processor might be paired up with the company’s in-house developed graphics chip for a brand new Exynos SoC.
So to wrap things up, not only is Samsung planning on building its next flagship phone (the Galaxy S6) from the ground up, but next year the Korean tech giant might also see massive restructuring in the AP business, while minimizing its dependency on third party supply chains and part manufacturers. The company may have lost a few battles this year, but the competition is ongoing as always. Of course, it’s a bit too early to predict Sammy’s future in 2015, but if these rumors turn out to be correct then we can at least assume that Samsung will play some interesting cards next year.