The mobile market is largely dominated by the ARM architecture, which is licensed from the company of the same name and based in the United Kingdom. And in the face of such a panorama, there are two ways to focus the manufacturing of processors: licensing the architecture and implementing it directly or licensing it and making modifications to try to raise the level of efficiency and power.
Samsung was the second until recently, and their Exynos processors, the maximum power of the catalog, came with customized versions of the ARM cores: the famous Cortex cores converted into M cores in the hands of the Koreans. But that is over, at least until further notice, because Samsung has definitely closed the factory where this work was done.
290 people on the street and ARM nuclei as of now
They tell from WCCFTech that the dismissals will be effective this December 31, although it is not known exactly what will happen to the employees until then. Yes it is known that the number of employees who will lose their job will be around 290 people. Meanwhile, another 3,000 employees working in the same building but engaged in other projects will retain their work, in the words of Michel Glaze, Samsung spokesman in Austin, Texas.
This decision will mean that Samsung will now devote its resources in processors to tasks other than personalization, because will license the ARM lithographs and implement them without changes. This will affect not only the CPUs of their future processors but also the graphics, which will be ARM Mali without modifications.
The already modified designs of ARM cores that Samsung uses in the high range will reappear in future mid-range
The current Samsung designs based on ARM Cortex cores will still be there, however. The information points to will be used in the future for mid-range processors, once they begin to implement the core architectures that are now used in the high range. A process that, seeing the progress of the market, will soon take place.
Thus, Samsung's semiconductor factory in Austin stops customizing ARM cores, and hopefully the next Exynos 9830 will be the first to use unmodified ARM cores, since the processor has not yet been announced. Although we could find that it was indeed the last one with cores customized in the catalog of Koreans. At least, the last one with cores of last level, of course.
Via | WCCFTech