Seeing bad performance and negative growth of Exynos, Samsung ditched its self-developed chipset from Galaxy S flagship lineup this year. The Galaxy S23 series solely uses “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy” processor, while Samsung is also working on a custom chip development.
According to the latest report, Samsung is reportedly planning to use a custom/optimized chipset in each Galaxy model in the future. In a conference call, Samsung Elec’s MD said, “this year, the company will proceed with recruitment to develop APs for the most suitable price and performance among major solutions.”
In addition, the company executive disclosed that considering market demand, release time and regional leads, Samsung Mobile is planning to adopt optimized APs (custom chipset) for each Galaxy model. It suggests there might be two flagship Galaxy chipsets every year as soon as Samsung achieves a level.
Back in December 2022, the South Korean tech giant’s MX Division established an AP solution development team. The main aim of this team is to find the possibilities of improvements in the chipset department, which will deliver fruitful results with Galaxy devices.
The recent report also indicates that the company is planning to promote the Galaxy-exclusive chip development through cooperation with partners. With this move, Samsung would further cement the competitiveness of Galaxy products and strengthen differentiated customer experiences.
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Samsung to launch Galaxy Book 4 series on December 15
Samsung is reportedly planning to unveil its next-generation Galaxy Book 4 series of premium laptops on December 15, ahead of its usual launch schedule. This new laptop series is expected to consist of four models including Book 4, Book 4 Pro, Book 4 Ultra, Book 4 360, and Book 4 Pro 360.
The Galaxy Book 3 series was launched in February this year, and the Galaxy Book 4 series was expected to follow suit next year. However, according to a report by Yonhap News, Samsung may have decided to launch the new laptops earlier to showcase its advanced capabilities.
In the past few weeks, some details about these laptops have leaked online, which suggest that these devices will feature powerful processors, up to 32GB of RAM, up to 1TB of SSD storage, and various display sizes and resolutions.
Samsung has not confirmed the launch date or the specifications of the Galaxy Book 4 series, so we will have to wait and see if the rumors are true.
TSMC to produce 3nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 4: No talks w/ Samsung
Qualcomm may stick with TSMC for the 3nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor’s production next year. Earlier, the company was rumored to shift to a multi-foundry strategy, but it won’t happen next year. Samsung also has some 3nm clients, but no flagship product has been ordered.
According to China Times, Qualcomm and MediaTek plan to use the second-gen TSMC 3nm process to fabricate Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 and Dimensity 9400. The new N3E tech offers performance and efficiency improvements over the N3B, which is used in Apple’s A17 Pro.
Reports suggest that the Taiwanese chip manufacturer is producing 60,000 to 70,000 wafers per month using its 3nm process. This number is expected to rise to 100,000 wafers by the end of next year. As of now, 5% of its revenue comes from its 3nm process, which will rise to 10% next year.
Samsung to produce 5nm AI chips for Rebellions
South Korea-based AI fabless startup, Rebellions, is gearing up for mass production of data center-specific artificial intelligence (AI) chips using Samsung Foundry’s EUV (extreme ultraviolet ) process at the 5nm level.
BusinessKorea reports that Rebellions completed a mass production contract last week with SEMIFIVE for the Samsung 5-nm AI semiconductor ATOM, with mass production set to commence early next year.
ATOM is known for its industry-leading graphics processing unit (GPU) performance and up to 3.4 times greater energy efficiency compared to equivalent neural network processors (NPU).
Particularly notable is ATOM’s performance in the Global Benchmark, where it outperformed competitors like Nvidia and Qualcomm by 1.4 to 3 times, sparking significant interest.
Earlier this year, Rebellions produced prototypes of ATOM through Samsung Foundry’s “Multi-Project Wafer Service,” which prints various types of semiconductors on a single wafer.
Rebellions is also strengthening its collaboration with Samsung, co-developing the next-gen semiconductor Rebel, specialized for Large Language Models (LLM), which is being developed using Samsung Foundry’s 4-nm process.