The upcoming Galaxy S3 smartphone will be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos chip.
Samsung is keen to move away from Qualcomm and instead focus on making its own in-house chips for the Galaxy S II successor.
This is according to a couple of Samsung executives, who’ve spoken to the Korea Times, explaining that the company wants to be less dependent on the US chipmaker Qualcomm.
“Samsung’s single-chip solution is a combination of long-term evolution (LTE), telecommunications and W-CDMA functions,” explained the Samsung executive to the Korea Times. “We don’t think there will be big technology-related problems as we have already tested our telecommunications chips in some smartphones and tablets for consumers in North America. Also, Google’s first reference mobile, the Galaxy Nexus, is using Samsung’s telecom chips.”
“Samsung has a stronger intent to lower its dependence on Qualcomm and our technicians believe that we have made significant progress in producing logic-based chips for high-end devices, combined logic and memory chips for graphic controllers and core communication chips for Internet-enabled consumer devices.”
The Exynos-branded quad-core mobile application processors (APs) are to feature on the S3 model.
The Samsung executives, who want to keep their identity secret, added: “It was believed that Qualcomm chips had greater stability and suited easy upgrades. But, that’s the old story. If Samsung successfully strengthens its management for telecommunications chips, then it expects to see more revenue from smartphones and tablets. That’s the scenario we hope.”
Instead of using the current 45-nanometer Exynos chip inside the Galaxy S3, Samsung intends to use a new chip based on 32-nanometer technology which would boast 26% more speed and 50% more battery life.
Last week, an image surfaced of what could be the upcoming new Galaxy flagship handset. Rumours are gathering pace as the excitement builds for Samsung to unveil the Galaxy S3 smartphone – with anticipated features including a ceramic case, waterproof design, Ice Cream Sandwich OS and, now, an Exynos quad-core processor.