For some time, it has been speculated that Samsung will carry out a “reform” in the division responsible for the Exynos chip to follow in the footsteps of Apple, which uses its own SoCs since the iPhone 4, launched in 2010. However, it seems that the new chip will not be developed by the Exynos division, but by the team responsible for Galaxy smartphones.
According to The Elec, a South Korean vehicle specializing in technology, Samsung has created a team within the Mobile Experience (MX) division to create the own chip for future Galaxys. Exynos is produced by Samsung System LSI and, in addition to the company itself, it also supplies chips for entry-level models from Asian companies.
The fact that Samsung created a team to develop its “homegrown” chip raises some thoughts. One of them is the suspicion that there is distrust between Samsung MX and Samsung System. After all, if you already have a subsidiary for the production of SoCs, why set up a second one?
The answer is the same one used to explain why we will only have Galaxy S23 with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: Samsung wants to develop its chips exclusively for its smartphones. But holding Samsung System, a different and distant division, responsible for this is inefficient.
It is much more rewarding for Samsung that MX is responsible for producing the exclusive processor for the Galaxy line — which it already develops. This brings alignment and closer ties between the team creating the chip and the team making the smartphone.
Another possibility raised by the The Elec, but little believed, is that this new team would be responsible for optimizing the next Exynos for Galaxy smartphones. The reason this hypothesis is discredited is that, in practice, this could keep performance issues on mobile phones.
Decentralization in chip development can lead to loss of information between the Exynos team and the Galaxy team. In other words, sticking only with the optimization of the processor for the smartphone has the chance of causing “serious” differences between the two projects – which would lead Samsung MX to make “gambiarras” instead of “optimization”.
In addition to the communication problems between two subsidiaries, there is a key point to believe that Samsung MX will create the new chip in Galaxy phones: Choi Won-joon, executive vice president of the mobile division and former Qualcomm, will be the team leader.
Samsung using only Snapdragon on the S line until 2025
Speculation about the “pause” in the use of Exynos chips came shortly after the cases of throttling in the Galaxy S22, in addition to the below-expected performance when compared to models with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Qualcomm has already confirmed (unintentionally) that the Galaxy S23 line will only use Snapdragon chips🇧🇷 Samsung is expected to work for two years on its unique processors, with the SoC debuting in the Galaxy S25. Entry and intermediate models will also have “homemade” chips – rumors suggest that Samsung does not want to depend on third-party processors in any of its lines.
The company hopes to achieve the level of performance and reliability that Apple has with its A Bionic chips, developed exclusively for iPhones.
With information: Android Authority🇧🇷 GSM Arena and The Elec