At the CES 2014 beginning next week in Las Vegas, Samsung (KRX:005935) could introduce its next-generation Exynos processors, which are expected to power the company’s upcoming flagship smartphones, a new report said on Sunday.
Following a tweet from Samsung last week, indicating that the company could announce a new Exynos chip at CES 2014, rumors have been rife that a new Exynos 6 processor could debut on the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone. But Sunday’s report from G 4 Games suggested that Samsung plans to introduce another chip, “Exynos S,” during the event, in addition to the Exynos 6.
In November, Samsung revealed at its Analyst Day event that the company was working on a custom 64-bit System on a Chip, or SoC, which will use the company’s own architecture, in addition to an Application Processor with ARM’s (NASDAQ:ARMH) 64-bit technology. According to the G 4 Games report, the Exynos 6 could be the processor with ARM’s 64-bit technology while the new Exynos S could be powered by Samsung’s own 64-bit core.
The report also said that the Exynos S is expected to be 1.43 times faster than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 while the Exynos 6, on the other hand, is said to be 1.53 times faster than Snapdragon 800.
A report from Korea Herald in November suggested that Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphones could be powered by ARM-powered 64-bit processors in 2014. If the report turns out to be true, there are chances that the Galaxy S5 would be powered by the Exynos 6, which would help Samsung join the ranks of companies such as Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), who already have made custom ARM-compatible processors for their devices.
While there are no details available about the rumored Exynos S chip, some recent rumors have it that the Galaxy S5-bound Exynos 6 could use a 14-nanometer process rather than the 28-nanometer process found in Apple’s A7 SoC.
The Exynos 6 processor is also likely to implement ARM’s big.LITTLE technology as the current Exynos 5 5420 chips, and would combine low-power Cortex-A53 cores and more powerful Cortex-A57 cores, BGR reported.
And, if the Galaxy S5 gets the Exynos 6 processor, and if Samsung indeed introduces the Exynos S, the latter could be speculated to make its way to the next-generation Galaxy Note, dubbed the Galaxy note 4.