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- Samsung has reportedly formed a chipset development team within its smartphone business.
- This team is believed to create a processor specifically for Galaxy.
- Samsung traditionally relies on sister companies for custom processors.
Samsung’s Galaxy S23 series is set to launch worldwide with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processors. However, thanks to new developments, the company appears to be doubling down on smartphone silicon in-house.
Elek Samsung has reportedly formed a chipset or application processor (AP) development team within its mobile experience (MX) business. This division is responsible for running the company’s smartphone business.
The chipset development team is said to be led by Executive Vice President Choi Won-joon. Choi joined Samsung in 2016 from semiconductor maker Qualcomm.
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Samsung’s smartphone division has long relied on Samsung System LSI division for the development of its in-house Exynos processors. That being said, the LSI division has been designing and manufacturing his Exynos chips for other clients such as Meizu and Vivo over the years.
Eleksources say the most likely reason for forming a chipset development team within the mobile division is so that it can develop its own smartphone processor for the Galaxy handset. The source also believes it is unlikely that a team will be created to further optimize his Exynos processor for Galaxy phones.
“There doesn’t seem to be any reason to have an ‘AP solution development team’ within the MX division just for AP optimization,” said one of the sources. “The MX division is a newly formed organization dedicated to creating the APs we need on our own.”
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This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Samsung has ambitious plans for its own chipset. Reports of skipping Exynos processors came out in May. On Galaxy’s flagship phones, starting with next year’s Galaxy S23.
A proper in-house chipset development team raises a lot of questions. Will these chipsets continue to be manufactured by Samsung Semiconductor, or possibly TSMC? Will the new processors continue to offer AMD graphics? What does this mean for Samsung LSI’s Exynos processors? When asked by the outlet, Samsung declined to comment on the matter, so we’ll just have to wait and see.