LG preparing to start production of Nuclun 2 processor


Earlier this month reports surfaced that some chip design firms had orders in the works from unspecified Asian based manufacturers, prompting speculation that Sony or LG may be working on their own in-house chips to use in smartphones. Yesterday, industry sources reported that LG is moving to “pilot production” of a new ARM-based, 64-bit octa-core processor called the Nuclun 2 in conjunction with Intel and TSMC. Read more

Samsung Mongoose benchmark leak reveals huge step forward for processor


Although the high-end smartphone market may be cooling a bit around the globe, that does not mean manufacturers of smartphones and their components are slowing down their efforts to produce parts on the leading edge and ahead of the pack. For Samsung’s processor business, this means working on a successor to their Exynos 7420 processor. Reports indicate the codename for the project is Mongoose and a new leak of some benchmark results shows Samsung is ready to unload with this new chip. Read more

Galaxy S5 Neo will user a newer Exynos CPU and an upgraded front-facing camera

Samsung_Galaxy_S_5_Back_Bottom_Galaxy_S_5_Logo_TA_02More details have come to light about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 Neo. Samsung’s Neo devices typically offer a similar package to an older flagship device, albeit with slightly downgraded internals and a budget-friendly price tag. The GS5 Neo will be no exception, although it does look like it’s going to be shipping with a brand new Exynos processor.

The Exynos 7580 CPU is a 64-bit processor with 8 cores, clocked at 1.6 GHz. It’s slower than the beefy Snapdragon 801 (or Exynos 5422, depending on your region) that was found in the regular Galaxy S 5, but it should still offer pretty decent performance, especially for the price. Read more

New South Korean chip plant to begin production in first half of 2017, Samsung says


Samsung Electronics revealed that its new South Korean-based chip plant will begin production in the first half of 2017. As smartphone earnings begin to slow, the company hopes that the new plant will provide more growth.

Based out of the city of Pyeongtaek, Samsung plans on investing 15.6 trillion won or $14.4 billion in the factory, which is the largest amount of money Samsung has ever committed to a single facility.

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Samsung Moves Away from ARM Chips in Favor of Custom Exynos M1 Chipsets



Samsung famously (or notoriously) ditched Qualcomm this year when it came to powering the next iteration of its Galaxy S series of phones, the Galaxy S6. Citing overheating and general performance issues, the Korean giant opted against the Snapdragon 810 in favor of a newer iteration of its Exynos in-house chip. The downside to this, however, is a reliance on ARM architecture (which Qualcomm and others, including Apple, do not use),

In what looks to be a bold, but predicted move, Samsung’s next line of in-house cores will likely be powered by an Exynos M1 core, and utilize custom architecture in an effort to avoid being dependent on ARM.

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