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Xiaomi custom silicon purported to be in the pipeline sporting an ARM Cortex-X2 and ARM Mali GPU cores

The Mi 11 is one of three Xiaomi smartphones with a Snapdragon 888 SoC. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Mi 11 is one of three Xiaomi smartphones with a Snapdragon 888 SoC. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi and Samsung have reputedly teamed up to produce a custom SoC. Apparently, the chipset will feature the upcoming ARM Cortex-X2, along with ARM Mali GPU cores. The pair are believed to be in advanced negotiations.
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According to a new report, Xiaomi and Samsung are in discussions about creating a custom SoC. Apparently, the pair have had five meetings to date with a view to developing an SoC based on Cortex-X2 cores. ARM is yet to announce the Cortex-X2, although it is expected to do so within the next few months and using its v9 architecture.

Undoubtedly, Qualcomm will be using the Cortex-X2 in its flagship SoC, as will Samsung in its competing Exynos chipset, so it remains to be seen what custom Xiaomi silicon would offer. The same report adds that Xiaomi wishes to continue using ARM Mali GPUs over AMD and Samsung's combined offerings too, apparently because of the limited units that Samsung would offer.

Xiaomi is not the only Android OEM going down the route of using custom silicon in its devices, either. While Apple has already done so with the M1, Google is alleged to have equipped the Pixel 6 series with its 'Whitechapel' SoC, also developed with Samsung. The Pixel 6 series is expected to launch this autumn.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-04-27 (Update: 2021-04-28)