Samsung has denied any plans of discontinuing production of its first-party Exynos chipset, reports Maeil Business Newspaper. According to the publication, the tech giant refuted the rumour during a conference call for its second quarter earnings announcement that was last week.
For those who missed it, a report by South Korean outlet Naver suggested that Samsung won’t be featuring Exynos chips on its future Galaxy S smartphones, and would replace it with a brand new first-party chip that is in development. It is said that the company has assembled a team of over a thousand people to work on the new processor, with a target release date of 2025.
Seemingly corroborating on this rumour is industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who predicted that the tech giant would only use next generation Snapdragon SM8550 chips instead. He further remarked that Samsung’s own 4nm mobile chipsets could not compete with Qualcomm’s product “in all aspects.”
However, as pointed out above, Samsung confirms that neither rumour is accurate. “It is not true at all,” a company representative states during the call. “Currently, we are reorganising our system-on-chip (SoC) business model, and are pursuing a plan to strengthen our competitiveness in the mid- to-long-term.”
The representative says that the company is currently focusing on maximising the market share of major customers by strengthening cooperation with leading IP companies and starting development of its next generation first-party chips early. “Efforts are underway to improve the soundness of the mobile-oriented business structure by expanding applications such as wearables other than smartphones, and to secure a multilateral cooperation model,” he added.
As we’ve mentioned before in our previous coverage on Kuo’s prediction, it is very unlikely for Samsung to suddenly ditch its in-house mobile processors. This is given the fact that it had recently entered a strategic partnership with AMD, which supplied its RDNA 2 architecture to power the new Xclipse GPU on the Exynos 2200 – the tech giant’s latest chipset that is equipped on its current-gen Samsung Galaxy S22 flagship smartphone series.
(Source: Maeil Business Newspaper)