Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Samsung could sell Exynos chips to more OEMs, including ZTE

Samsung could sell Exynos chips to more OEMs, including ZTE

Reuters reported the Korean chaebol is talking with ZTE and other OEMs to start supplying them with mobile processors in order to up its rivalry with Qualcomm. According to reports Samsung are now in talks with multiple OEMs across the globe and a deal will be concluded in the near future.

Flagship Exynos processors are mainly used in Samsung Galaxy smartphones and Meizu is the only major client that use these solutions.

ZTE has recently been subject to a trade ban from the US, meaning it can no longer use chips made by Qualcomm.

ZTE now represents a hard situation for many non-US companies looking to do business.

Kang, a former Qualcomm executive, said he expects to announce a new client for its Exynos chipsets in the first half of 2019. Inyup Kang said that Samsung will continue to negotiate with ZTE regardless of the outcome of trade negotiations between the U.S. and China.

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Samsung's System LSI business saw a 27 percent rise in shipments previous year, Counterpoint says.

The Exynos 9610 processor consists of four ARM cortex-A73 cores that run at 2.3GHz, as well as an additional four 1.6GHz cortex-A53 cores to help smartphones run apps and multiple tasks quicker.

He said Samsung is in discussion with multiple automobile companies to develop chips for autonomous driving, declining to name the vehicle makers. However, nearly all of the semiconductor processors made by them are used for their own devices.

TSMC is the world's top contract chip manufacturer, followed by the likes of US -based Global Foundries, Taiwan-based UMC and Samsung.

Kan also said that this year is expected to increase its business by 5-10 percent in dollar terms. He declined to provide last year's growth rate.

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