Samsung Electronics will release a mobile application processor core of its own development next year. The custom core will compete with Apple’s Cyclone and Qualcomm’s Kyro. To this end, the System LSI Division of Samsung Electronics has worked on the 64-bit core for four years.
At present, most mobile application processors in the market use ARM’s standard CPU core. Apple’s A series basically uses ARM’s design as well, although the Cyclone core is a version partially modified to be suitable for the iPhone and iPad.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series is also based on ARM, but the custom core of Krait is adopted in it for product suitability. Still, the Krait is not used in the 64-bit Snapdragon 810 and the following products and these products have the standard core design of ARM as it is. Qualcomm is planning to apply the new core of Kyro to the Snapdragon 820 and the following ones.
Industry experts are regarding Samsung Electronics’ core development project as its move to distinguish itself as a mobile processor manufacturer, with an increasing number of companies producing application processors on their own by purchasing the design from ARM. For example, LG Electronics, Huawei, and MediaTek have unveiled Nuclun, Kirin and Helio, respectively.