Samsung apparently wants to emulate Apple and develop its own ARM-based processor for the personal computer market. According to a current report, the first corresponding chip is said to be a variation of the System on a Chip (SoC) Exynos 1000.
After Apple’s announcement that it would soon install its own processors based on the ARM architecture in Macs, Samsung, the next technology giant, could plan a very similar step. According to inside information, the South Koreans want to launch an Exynos chip, especially for the PC market. The former industry leader Intel, but also x86 specialist AMD would come under even more pressure.
PC processor based on the Exynos 1000
According to current rumors, Samsung is working on a new SoC called Exynos 1000. This is to be manufactured using the advanced 5-nanometer (nm) process and, among other things, will integrate very powerful CPU cores of the ARM Cortex-X1 type. First of all, of course, it is reasonable to assume that this chip will drive the successor to the Galaxy S20, but according to the Leaker @MauriQHD, Samsung has further plans for this: The Exynos 1000 should form the basis for the first full-fledged Samsung processors for PC.
The exact status of the development of these new chips at Samsung is currently unclear. The source only suggests initial tests. If the information is correct at all, it could still take a while until there is a corresponding announcement by the South Koreans. Nevertheless, the prospect of Samsung entering the PC processor market is very exciting. The electronics giant could put enormous resources into the development of such chips and – provided the performance per watt is right – so that Microsoft’s Windows on ARM platform miss a powerful boost. The first ARM-based Windows 10 devices are currently with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx equipped and thus force the user to make many compromises that justify the move away from an Intel or AMD computer in very few cases.
Intel wants to assert itself against competitors
For its part, Intel has developed the CPUs of the Lakefield family in response to the energy-efficient ARM chips from Qualcomm and Apple. According to reports, this form of CPU design will also play a central role in Intel’s x86 projects in the future. It remains to be seen whether that will be enough to avert the long-term impending change of power from x86 to ARM-based chips on the computer market.
Ironically, the first Mac models equipped with Apple’s own processors could provide the first guideline for the future of the Windows PC. These should come onto the market towards the end of this year. Developers can currently order a Mac mini that is equipped with the A12Z iPad processor.