by Anton Shilov
09/13/2013 | 08:55 PM
In just three years after unveiling its first own application process with ARM cores, Apple became the most progressive ARM partner after it unwrapped the world’s first ARMv8 64-bit system-on-chip – Apple A7 – this week. However, its arch-rival Samsung Electronics also plans to introduce similar chips for smartphones in the future.
Although it remains to be seen which advantages 64-bit processing will bring to mobile devices, it is obvious that there will be some. Being on the forefront of transition to 64-bits, Apple will likely introduce certain interesting technologies for iPhone and iPad devices in the coming year. In addition, software makers, who already know how to benefit from 64-bits on personal computers, will likely introduce mobile versions of their programs for iOS operating system, bringing exclusive software to the platform.
Being the world’s largest maker of smartphones, Samsung Electronics, just like Apple, spends a lot of time and money creating unique application processors to power its popular Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones as well as Galaxy Tab media tablets. The company will unlikely release a 64-bit chip in the near future, but in several quarters time the firm will introduce ARMv8-compatible solutions.
“Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality,” said Shin Jong-kyun, chief executive officer of Samsung’s mobile business unit, during a meeting with other Samsung’s execs, reports The Korea Times web-site.
ARM itself said that a number of its clients would release ARMv8 64-bit designs beginning in 2014. Therefore, Samsung has plenty of time to unveil a new Exynos system-on-chip with ARM Cortex-A53 and/or Cortex-A57 cores sometimes before the SoC will be used for the next Galaxy S flagship smartphone in the second quarter of 2014.