Samsung Is Shutting Down Exynos Custom Cores


So a couple of weeks ago we heard a rumor
that Samsung is moving away from designing custom cores for their Exynos processors. And it looks like it was true. Samsung has fired the entire team behind the
project at its R&D Center in Austin. A team of 290 Engineers and experts. So this means the Exynos 990 which is their
latest flagship processor that will end up on the Galaxy S11 will be the final Exynos
chip with custom M cores. Now Samsung will directly license ARM designs
going forward. Now, what does this mean to Samsung and their
Exynos lineup? Let me explain this in a very simple term
so that everyone can understand this. You see Samsung, Apple, Qualcomm, Huawei,
Mediatek these companies make their own smartphone processors or chips. And they all use ARM’s architecture. ARM doesn’t make chips, they just design the
templates for the chips. Samsung, Qualcomm, Apple, Huawei all use these
templates by ARM and they either modify this template a little or use it as it is to make
their own chipsets. Huawei uses the template as it is to make
their Kirin chipsets while Samsung, Apple, and Qualcomm modify the template a little
to make their own Exynos, Snapdragon, or A-series bionic chips. Now Samsung firing their custom core team
would mean that Samsung no longer wants to modify the template and they just want to
use it as it is like Huawei does. Samsung might be thinking since the performance
difference between customing the template and the stock template is very minimal so
why even spend billions of dollars in customing the template. So that’s one of the reasons they’re moving
away from designing custom cores for their Exynos processors. There’s one more possibility, though. You have seen recently that Exynos processors
are lacking behind the Snapdragon in performance and in graphics. So Samsung might have thought, well, since
we’re getting our arses kicked by Qualcomm and Apple recently, so what we’ll do is let
go of these Engineers who’re responsible for our beatdown. Going forward, we’ll take Qualcomm’s approach,
use the stock template by ARM and modify it just a little and make great processors so
that there isn’t a performance disparity between the Exynos and Snapdragon variants. In any case, the way Exynos processors are
made is changing in 2021. Samsung is also using AMD’s Radeon graphics
starting 2021 that will make sure the GPU game of the Exynos is on par or even better
than Qualcomm’s and Apple’s GPU. As far as the recently unveiled Exynos 990,
it is indeed going inside the Galaxy S11. Some people think Samsung will unveil another
flagship chipset the Exynos 9830 for the S11 which for sure will not happen. Samsung’s marketing team has rebranded the
Exynos lineup just recently which their Engineering team had no idea while designing the Exynos
9830. And that’s why we still see Exynos 9830 mentioned
in the codes of the OneUI2. So make no mistake, Exynos 990 is the Exynos
9830. The Galaxy S10 Lite is going to be the 5th
Galaxy S10 model which is coming this year. It has flagship specs and in many ways, it’s
better than the Galaxy S10+ itself. Samsung will sell this phone as a budget alternative
to their expensive Galaxy S10 models. A couple of days ago we have talked about
its specs and today a certification confirms the battery capacity, and it’s indeed 4500mAh. The listing shows, 4370mAh which is rated
capacity, the typical capacity is going to be 4500mAh. For instance, the Galaxy Note 10+ has 4170mAh
rated capacity but the typical capacity is 4300mAh. Anyway, to keep updated with all the Galaxy
S10 Lite or any other smartphone tech information do consider subscribing and as always I’ll
see you tomorrow…Peace out!

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