Samsung has reportedly teamed up with ARM to develop custom CPUs
Samsung has a lot of ground to cover before Exynos catch up with equally-specced Qualcomm hardware. The performance differential between the two chips is far too high, and that gap will only get wider if Samsung continues on its current path. One of Samsung's remedial measures happens to be a direct collaboration with ARM.
Business Korea suggests that Samsung and ARM have teamed up to design a custom CPU cores. It will reportedly be based on ARM's latest Cortex-X1 super core announced earlier this year. We can also expect to see a few modified Cortex-A78 cores alongside it as well. Does this mark the return of Samsung's doomed Mongoose cores? Let's hope so.
Interestingly enough, this is where Samsung's partnership with ARM ends. Much like Samsung's Exynos chips, ARM's Mali GPUs lag behind Qualcomm's offerings by quite a bit. Samsung is working with AMD to develop custom graphics solutions for its hardware. The yet-to-be-announced Exynos 1000 will reportedly feature an AMD GPU. Initial tests have shown that it outperformed the Adreno 650 by a significant margin. Watching Adreno get bested by its anagram will come as a relief for many.
However, Samsung and Qualcomm are yet to beat Apple when it comes to CPU prowess. Year after year, Apple's silicon has bested everything Qualcomm and Samsung had to offer. Leaks suggest that the upcoming A14 Bionic is set to continue that trend. Does the ARM-Samsung-AMD trinity have what it takes to dethrone Apple? Only time will tell.