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Samsung details the 64-bit processor it’s building in Apple’s shadow

Zach Epstein
November 7th, 2013 at 2:55 PM
Samsung 64-bit Processor Details

We have known for months now that Samsung will be following in Apple’s footsteps and introducing a new 64-bit mobile processor next year. The company fabricates the 64-bit A7 Apple uses in its iPhone 5s and iPad Air, and now it’s working on bumping its own Exynos processors up to 64 bits. During the company’s analyst day this week, Samsung executives again confirmed the move and offered some preliminary details on the company’s next-generation chipsets for the first time.

“Many people were thinking, why did we need 64-bit for mobile devices?” Stephen Woo, president of System LSI at Samsung Electronics, said during a presentation. “People were asking that question until three months ago. And now I think no one is asking that question. They’re asking, when can we have that?”

According to CNET, Woo said that Samsung’s first 64-bit SoC will utilize ARM cores rather than Samsung’s own in-house technology. Why? Samsung sometimes rushes things out to market to perhaps the answer lies there. Woo says Samsung’s follow-up will feature the company’s own 64-bit cores sometime later.

“We are marching on schedule,” the executive said. “We will offer the first 64-bit [processor] based on ARM’s own core. After that, we will offer an even more optimized 64-bit [processor] based on our own optimizations.”

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 are both expected to feature the company’s new 64-bit processors when they debut next year.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.




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