(9 days left!) Be the first with a 200MP camera! Visit Samsung to reserve and gain $100 in Samsung credit!

SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Samsung moving away from custom CPU cores for its Exynos processors


Last updated: November 4th, 2019 at 11:51 UTC+01:00

There were reports online last month that Samsung is moving away from designing custom CPU cores for its Exynos processors and has laid off the entire team behind the project at its R&D Center in Austin. The company has now confirmed this news through a WARN letter filed with the Texas Workforce Commission.

According to the letter, which is a regulatory requirement under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act that mandates employers to inform the state governments about major layoffs, Samsung is shutting down the CPU project at its Austin Research Center and will lay off 290 employees effective December 31 as part of the exercise.

The WARN letter also states the layoffs would affect the Advanced Computer Lab in San Jose, California, as well, but it’s unclear how many of the 290 layoffs will that account for. Michele Glaze, a spokesperson for Samsung Austin, told the Statesman that the layoffs will not impact the company’s Austin manufacturing facility that employs around 3,000 people.

“We have treated all employees with respect. They all have been given appropriate packages, and advanced notice. These things are very tough. People always wonder, ‘did they treat them right?’ And we did. It’s unfortunate that they are losing their jobs, but it is based upon the fact that we’re always assessing our business,” Glaze told the publication.

To be clear, Samsung hasn’t officially mentioned that it is ceasing development of custom CPU cores, but that is the natural conclusion one can draw from this move. It appears the Mongoose M5 Cores in the recently-announced Exynos 990 will be Samsung’s last custom CPU cores, and that the company will supposedly license ARM designs going forward.

There are also reports that the Korean company will collaborate with ARM for semi-custom cores, but nothing is confirmed yet. Samsung’s move in Austin also doesn’t seem to impact the company’s recent collaboration with AMD for GPU designs.

Via Source General ExynosMongooseUnited States
Load 0 comments

You might also like

Samsung will continue to use special Snapdragon chip next year

For the first time in history, Samsung will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset in all its Galaxy S series smartphones (Galaxy S23) sold worldwide. And this change comes after years of disappointments with its in-house Exynos processors. However, Samsung isn’t using the same Snapdragon chip everyone else uses. The South Korean firm will use a […]

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 9 hours ago

Galaxy S22 and laptops now covered by Samsung’s self-repair program

Samsung announced its self-repair program in the United States last year. It teamed up with iFixit to provide genuine replacement parts, tools, and guides to those who wanted to repair their devices themselves. The self-repair program initially supported the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21 series in addition to the Galaxy Tab S7+. Samsung is now […]

  • By Adnan Farooqui
  • 1 week ago

Just In: Old Exynos chip beats newest Snapdragon in raytracing performance!

Samsung’s first smartphone chipset in partnership with AMD, the Exynos 2200, supports raytracing. It is a new graphics rendering method that calculates how light rays travel to offer a more accurate representation of lights, shadows, and reflections. However, there was no way to measure the Exynos 2200’s raytracing performance back then. A recently released benchmark […]

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 1 week ago

Samsung could reveal more info on Galaxy S25 chip next month

It has been rumored that Samsung’s smartphone division is developing its flagship mobile chip, catered towards the Galaxy S lineup. It was reported that the company might not use Exynos chips in its high-end smartphones anymore. A new rumor claims we could learn more about the company’s upcoming high-end processor soon. According to tipster Ice […]

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 2 weeks ago

Galaxy A34 5G specs reveal it is almost identical to Galaxy A33 5G

Samsung is soon going to launch another Galaxy A-series phone, the Galaxy A34 5G. It is the successor to last year’s Galaxy A33 5G. The Galaxy A34 5G recently picked up Bluetooth certification, and recently, the South Korean version was listed in Geekbench’s database. But if we go by the latest tip, the Galaxy A34 […]

  • By Sagar Naresh
  • 3 weeks ago

Exynos 2300 reportedly exists, and powers these Galaxy devices

Ever since Qualcomm mentioned its Snapdragon chips would be used in more Galaxy devices starting in 2023, multiple reports have claimed that the Exynos 2300 is dead and that Samsung will exclusively use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in the Galaxy S23 series. However, a new report claims that the Exynos 2300 is alive and […]

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 1 month ago