Report: Qualcomm to develop a fully customized architecture to surpass Exynos

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The smartphone market nowadays is being more competitive, not only with the smartphone models but among the chipset manufacturers too. Currently, the major players like Qualcomm, Exynos, MediaTek, HiSIlicon, etc. are competing for each other by releasing new powerful chipsets, especially with custom or semi-custom cores. Almost every chipset manufacturers use ARM’s architecture license to build custom chipsets on their own. Qualcomm is very big known for the custom build cores for their chipsets, which always outperforms every other competitor in every aspect. Interestingly, Samsung’s Exynos 8895 which released last year managed to beat the Snapdragon 835 in CPU performance, which had almost blown away the Qualcomm’s anticipations. Now, it is reportedly said that the Qualcomm has decided to continue with the development of a fully customized architecture to implement in their upcoming chipsets in order to overcome the Samsung’s Exynos chipsets.

This is not the first time the Qualcomm develops their own version of customised ARM Cortex-based core architecture for their chipsets. Qualcomm’s Krait CPUs were high performing, which were built completely based on ARM Architecture, presented back in 2012. But later the company had introduced the “Kryo” architecture, wherein the first semi-custom architecture from the Qualcomm came “Kryo 280” in Snapdragon 835. Concerning the facts, the Kryo 280 260 and 385 were completely processed of the ARM Cortex Cores.

 

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Now with the latest announcement, the Qualcomm confirms to be working on an entirely different architecture for their custom SoCs (System-on-Chipsets) which will be capable enough to overcome the performance limitation faced on the previous Snapdragon 835, against the Samsung’s Exynos 8895. The Samsung also use the ARM Cortex cores, which are custom-made, in their Chipsets. So the architecture customization has grown a big deal between semiconductor companies. The company officials said that they will continue developing a fully customized architecture like Kryo series, rather than the usual semi-custom ARM Cortex cores which they are using on chipsets except Snapdragon 835, Snapdragon 845, and Snapdragon 660.

The process has been in halt from the Q4 2017 and will continue to make the faster cores for their chipsets soon. Also, Qualcomm has become far behind the Exynos chipsets in battery efficiency, from last year. So they are expected to fix all flaws and release an entirely new architecture for Chipsets soon.

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