Rumor: Samsung may be hiring ex Apple and AMD engineers to design a custom CPU

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Samsung closed its internal CPU design department because the Mongoose cores underperformed compared to stock ARM design. Qualcomm stopped using custom kernels many years ago. But now things are changing.

A new report claims that Samsung welcomes former CPU engineers from Apple and AMD, one of whom was a key player in the development of Apple’s custom chipset. This engineer requires to have full control over his own team and choose which employees to join on said team.

Apparently, Samsung is not happy with the performance of the new Cortex-X series and is looking for something faster. The company is already working with Google to design a custom chip and with AMD to bring an RDNA2 GPU to Exynos.

Qualcomm will soon introduce a custom CPU design after acquiring Nuvia, a company founded by former Apple engineers who worked on the M1, A14 and older Apple chipsets. It seems that people who worked on Apple chips are worth gold.

It is not clear when Samsung and Qualcomm will launch their custom designs. Nuvia reportedly finished its design, while Samsung is only now putting together a team. However, the Nuvia design was aimed at servers – to start it is one thing, to slim it down to fit into a smartphone’s power needs is quite another.

Source 1 (in Korean) | Source 2

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