There have been recent reports that Samsung has restarted the development of a custom CPU core for future Galaxy devices. However, the South Korean company claims that these reports are not true.
Regarding the reports, Samsung Electronics told Sammobile, “Recent media reports that Samsung has created an internal team dedicated to developing CPU cores are not true. Contrary to that news, we have had multiple internal teams working on CPU development and optimization for a long time, while continuously recruiting global talent in related fields.” This suggests that the company has not yet started developing custom CPU cores for its future smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Samsung’s statement suggests that the company may continue to use ARM’s public CPU cores in its future smartphones. ARM has reportedly changed its licensing terms to not allow OEMs to make changes to its public designs. ARM and Qualcomm have been at odds over the licensing terms for ARM’s CPU core designs since Qualcomm acquired Nuvia.
In the past, Samsung MX, the mobile division of Samsung Electronics, has created an internal team to develop internal smartphone chipsets from scratch. However, there is no official information on this front. Samsung will reportedly switch to an internal chipset for the Galaxy S25 in early 2025.
Samsung has been under pressure due to the unsatisfactory performance of Exynos processors. The company was also involved in a controversy related to the GOS (Gaming Optimization Service), which reduced the peak gaming performance of the Galaxy S22 series for consistent and sustained performance. Later, the company had to offer an option to turn off GOS on its smartphones through a software update.