Next-Gen Exynos 1000 SoC Under Active Development With Powerful Cortex-A78 Cores Succeeding Exynos 990

Samsung is actively developing the successor to Exynos 990 System on a Chip (SoC). The mystery chipset, possibly the Exynos 1000, will pack the powerful Cortex-A78 Cores, claims a leaker. The SoC, however, might not be able to beat the next-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 SoC, but will considerably close the gap or might even be at par the flagship SoC.

After facing a lot of criticism for its own line of Exynos SoC, which has been proven to be less capable than the supposed Qualcomm Snapdragon equivalent, Samsung is actively developing a powerful top-end chipset. The mystery Samsung, presumably the Exynos 1000 will succeed the Exynos 990 and power select Samsung flagship smartphones arriving next year.

Samsung To Announce The Exynos 1000 This Month?

Samsung announced the Exynos 990 on September 4, 2019. Hence the timing appears right for the next premium SoC from Samsung’s own semiconductor factory. For quite some time, Samsung has lagged behind with the Exynos SoC. No matter how powerful Samsung claimed, the Exynos chipset trailed behind Qualcomm’s equivalent flagship SoC. However, this year Samsung might change the situation.

Samsung’s Exynos 1000 SoC could be at par with Qualcomm’s next flagship Snapdragon 875. Although the reports are unconfirmed and rather confusing, it appears Samsung will embed the powerful Cortex-A78 Cores inside the Exynos 1000.

It is not immediately clear if Samsung will go with the Cortex-A78 Cores. It appears the company might embed the ARM’s latest Cortex-X1, high-performance cores. Previous reports have claimed that Qualcomm will be using Samsung’s 5nm process for its Snapdragon 875. Samsung too is reportedly using the same fabrication process for its own Exynos 1000 SoC.

If Samsung goes with Cortex-A78 Cores then the Exynos 1000 might not be as powerful as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875. However, ARM’s latest Cortex-X1 is reportedly a very powerful architecture. the ARM’s latest Cortex-X cores will reportedly deliver up to a 30 percent increase in performance compared to the previous Cortex-A cores.

It is strongly believed that Samsung will use 1 x Cortex-X1 high-performance core and 3 x Cortex-A78 cores along with standard 4 x Cortex-A55 cores for the Exynos 1000 SoC, which will be manufactured on the 5nm Node.

Samsung Exynos 1000 To Offer Better Neural Processing And Communication Protocols?

To date, Samsung has not been able to deliver a flagship SoC that beats the equivalent Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. The battle of the flagship chipsets has always been won by the Snapdragon SoC and that too by a significant margin. The difference in performance and efficiency has been so prominent that Samsung has received several complaints from customers. Incidentally, Samsung reserves its own Exynos chipsets for smartphones that are sold in emerging markets or developing countries.

With the Exynos 1000, Samsung might not be able to beat the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875. But the South Korean tech giant is planning to offer several benefits apart from raw processing power. Samsung is reportedly upgrading the Neural Processing Units (NPUs) along with communication modems in its new Exynos line of chipsets. Needless to add, so is Qualcomm. Hence it will be interesting to see how Samsung plays the game.

Alap Naik Desai


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