Samsung apparently disbanded the Austin CPU R&D team and is planning to use the ARM architecture in future Exynos chips
Back in 2010, Samsung founded the R&D Center in Austin — shortly referred to as "SARC" — "to develop high-performance, low-power, complex CPU and System IP (Coherent Interconnect and memory controller) architectures and designs" for its System LSI division. Two years ago, the company also opened up the San Jose Advanced Computing Lab and GPU IP. Now, it looks like SARC is shutting down and Samsung will use CPU architectures designed by ARM instead.
Back in late August, popular leakster Ice universe was talking about the fact that the Exynos processor requires a new architecture and that Samsung should disband its CPU architecture R&D team located in Austin. Earlier this week, he revealed that "this seems to have come true" and that "Samsung cut the entire Austin CPU team and will adopt the ARM CPU architecture in the future."
While the above might look like good news for all those not happy with their Exynos-powered handsets and Samsung's haters, so what remains to see is what will happen to the members of the R&D team that is being disbanded.
All in all, this is an intriguing report that still has to be confirmed by Samsung, so we will keep an eye on the topic and we will get back to it as soon as we hear anything. As usual, feel free to drop your thoughts in the comments section below. What would you do with the Exynos chips and the team in charge of its architecture if you were Samsung's head?
Ice universe (on Twitter)
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