Samsung closed its chipset development department because Mongoose cores were inferior to standard ARM solutions. Even Qualcomm stopped using custom kernels many years ago, but now the situation seems to be changing dramatically. According to the information that has appeared, Samsung is in talks with former employees of Apple and AMD, one of whom played an important role in developing Apple’s chipsets. He reportedly wants to assemble his team and spearhead work on the South Korean giant’s new processors.
Apparently, Samsung is unhappy with the performance of the new Cortex-X series of processor cores and is looking for something faster. The company is already working with Google to develop a custom chip and AMD to bring the RDNA2 GPU into Exynos chipsets.
It seems that the engineers who designed the processors for Apple are worth their weight in gold. For example, in January of this year, Qualcomm acquired Nuvia, a startup founded by former Apple employees who worked on the M1, A14, and other chipsets of the Cupertinians. It is not yet clear when Samsung and Qualcomm will release their designs. Earlier, there was information that Nuvia has already completed the processor’s design (so far only server-type), while Samsung has just begun to assemble a team.