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Samsung's Galaxy S5 will be powered by a 64-bit ARM Exynos 6 chip

128-bit architecture isn't far away
Wed Nov 20 2013, 13:53
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CHIPMAKER Samsung reportedly plans to design its next flagship smartphone with a 64-bit Exynos 6 CPU chip to rival Apple's A7 processor.

According to a senior ARM executive quoted by the Korea Herald, the chip designer has been meeting with Samsung to finalise plans.

"Executives from Samsung and ARM had a meeting today. They discussed the ARM 64-bit chip, which is expected to be used in Samsung's smartphone next year," the Korea Herald reported.

"Cortex-M processors, which are used for products in the smart home system, might have been on the agenda," an unnamed ARM executive said.

The ARM executive even went as far as saying that a 128-bit chip could appear in smartphone devices sometime within the next two years, but emphasised that as more of a possibility than a set plan.

"As technology moves from, for example, shifting to face recognition on smartphones from the fingerprint scanner to unlock an iPhone, it requires more powerful memory capacity," the anonymous executive said.

Samsung announced in September that its next generation smartphones will, like the iPhone 5S, feature 64-bit processors. Samsung co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun revealed the news to the Korea Times. When asked whether its next generation smartphones will feature 64-bit processors he said, "Yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality."

Sasmung rushed to tell the world of its 64-bit chip plans just days after Apple announced that its latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5S is powered by a "desktop-class architecture" 64-bit system on chip (SoC). µ

 

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