We have known for months now that Samsung will be following in Apple s footsteps and introducing a new 64-bit mobile processor next year. The company fabricates the 64-bit A7 Apple uses in its iPhone 5s and iPad Air, and now it s working on bumping its own Exynos processors up to 64 bits. During the company s analyst day this week, Samsung executives again confirmed the move and offered some preliminary details on the company s next-generation chipsets for the first time. Also Read - Gorilla Glass DX, DX+ to now protect your phone cameras, will debut on a Samsung phone
Many people were thinking, why did we need 64-bit for mobile devices? Stephen Woo, president of System LSI at Samsung Electronics, said during a presentation. People were asking that question until three months ago. And now I think no one is asking that question. They re asking, when can we have that?
According to CNET, Woo said that Samsung s first 64-bit SoC will utilize ARM cores rather than Samsung s own in-house technology. Why? Samsung sometimes rushes things out to market to perhaps the answer lies there. Woo says Samsung s follow-up will feature the company s own 64-bit cores sometime later.
We are marching on schedule, the executive said. We will offer the first 64-bit [processor] based on ARM s own core. After that, we will offer an even more optimized 64-bit [processor] based on our own optimizations.
Samsung s upcoming Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 are both expected to feature the company s new 64-bit processors when they debut next year.