Peter Clarke, European News Director
EETimes (7/31/2013 08:15 AM EDT)
It seems that Cortex-A series processor cores, even when harnessed up in a big-little configuration, are no longer good enough to form the heart of application processors in mobile equipment. Effectively, Apple and Qualcomm have raised the stakes by going ARM architectural, and it seems others must follow suit or potentially face a power-performance penalty.
It has now been reported that Samsung is going to make use of an architectural license to develop its own ARM-compatible processor cores and use them within the Exynos range of application processors. The design work is being done at Samsung's R&D center in Austin, Texas, and is expected to complete early in 2014, according to ETnews.com, which cited unnamed industry sources. The account added that the resulting Exynos processor would be applied to Samsung's flagship smartphone.
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