Samsung is taking on Apple in the chip-making space by developing its own custom processors for future smartphones and personal computers. The move will allow Samsung to take full control of the design and optimization process, similar to Apple’s transition away from Intel.
Samsung takes on Apple with plans to develop in-house custom processors for future devices
According to Business Korea, Samsung has formed an internal team dedicated to CPU core development and recruited a former AMD developer to lead the group.
The South Korean giant has traditionally relied on British chip company Arm for its Exynos advanced processors. However, developing the chips in-house would allow the company to take full control of the design and optimization process. The first application processor (AP) is said to be dubbed Galaxy Chip and could be available in 2025. However, this chip will likely have a CPU based on Arm technology since Samsung has only just initiated the development of its own CPU core.
Samsung has been building its own development team and investing in technology since the early 2010s to build its own design capabilities. However, the company folded the project in 2019 because its CPU cores were deemed inferior to those of competitors such as Qualcomm in terms of power efficiency, heat generation, and multi-core efficiency. The company laid off more than 300 developers at the Samsung Austin Research Center (SARC).
Apple, on the other hand, has been working to transition away from Intel chips since 2020, using its own Apple silicon chips, which are Arm-based and similar to the A-series chips used in iPhones and iPads. Apple’s chips bring a whole new level of performance with more powerful Macs that are also more energy-efficient. With Apple designing its own chips for iOS devices and Macs, there is a common architecture across all Apple product lines, which also makes it easier for developers to write and optimize software that runs on all Apple products.
Apple has almost completed its transition away from Intel to Apple silicon, with one Intel Mac computer still waiting to be updated: The Mac Pro. Apple is said to be testing a new Mac Pro with Apple silicon.
Samsung could follow in Apple’s footsteps and create a similar ecosystem of products that are all powered by its own custom processors. However, it remains to be seen whether the company’s new chips will be able to match or surpass Apple’s impressive performance and efficiency.