Samsung Exynos S could usher-in new era for company’s SoC designs


It’s no secret that Samsung is working on a 64-bit chip for its mobile devices; Apple introduced its own with the A7 in the iPhone 5S, we just saw Qualcomm follow-through with its own 64-bit Snapdragon 410, and now we’ve been expecting Samsung to unveil a 64-bit Exynos of its own. While this so-called Exynos 6 is likely still in the works, we’re now hearing about a different branch Samsung’s SoC ambitions could end up taking in 2014, with rumors about a new in-house-designed Exynos S chip.

Whereas the Exynos 6 would continue to use stock cores designed by ARM, just as past Exynos models have, the Exynos S would instead introduce a Samsung-designed core featuring an ARM-compatible instruction set – in that sense, similar to Qualcomm with its own Scorpion, and now Krait cores. Like the Exynos 6, the Exynos S would also be 64-bit.

While that kind of independence is important news for Samsung, it may not translate into blistering performance; supposedly, while the Exynos 6 will be about 1.53 times faster than a currently-available Snapdragon 800, the Exynos S would only offer about 1.43 times the performance – still a big improvement, but it sounds like the Exynos 6 will be more likely the choice for Samsung’s 2014 flagships.

Based on Samsung’s recent teaser, we might hope to get confirmation of these plans at the upcoming CES.

Source: MyDrivers (Google Translate)
Via: Android and Me

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