PC World’s Agam Shah reported yesterday that Samsung has licensed ARM’s 64-bit licensing design recently. This suggests that the chip maker may expand from smartphones and tablets to servers.
ARM Cortext-A57 and Cortex-A53 on Samsung Devices
Last week, the South Korean tech giant licensed ARM’s first 64-bit processors, the Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53. This could be a sign that the manufacturer is gearing up the groundwork to develop 64-bit chips for low-power servers.
The faster 64-bit processors will be available for servers, high-end smartphones and tablets. It also offers better performance-per-watt than ARM’s current 32-bit processors. It is also expected that the first batch of servers with 64-bit ARM processors will be available in 2014.
As of the moment, Samsung develops chips that are based on ARM processors for their Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Nexus 10, which will land on stores next week, will be the first device that will feature Exynos 5 Dual chip—in addition to the latest Chromebook.
The Exynos 5 Dual chips are based on the chip maker’s latest Cortex-A15 design. On the other hand, Lisa Warren-Plungy, Samsung Semiconductor’s spokeswoman declined to comment about their future chip or server plans.
Samsung is a lead partner of ARM’s new Cortex A50 processors. However, we’re not in a position to comment on our plans for how we’ll use the Cortex A50 as part of our Exynos product family.
Server Chip Development: A Profitable Niche for Samsung
In relation to this, Mercury Research’s Deaan McCarron said that developing server chips would be more profitable for Samsung than creating processors for mobile devices. The company’s disk drives, memory, and processors can also be integrated with server hardware. They could also boost their sales by supplying server chips with DRAM and other components to server makers.
Prior to this, it was reported that Samsung has hired a lot of chip designers to work in their Austin, Texas facility. One of the key hires was Pat Patla, who was the general manager and vice president of server processors at Advanced Micro Devices. Nathan Brookwood of Insight 64 said that Patla is involved in the South Korean tech giant’s server production operations.
The growing number of interest in ARM processors can be attributed to its being power efficient to run applications. This includes social networking sites and search engines. This is an ideal component for companies looking to cut energy bills in data centers.