The official date of announcement of the much awaited Samsung Galaxy S III is still hazy but the specifications of the device are becoming a bit clearer. The latest bit of information comes courtesy one of Samsung’s executives and he confirms that the next flagship handset from the brand will feature a quad-core Exynos-branded chipset as well as on-chip LTE, a report by The Korea Times states.
The report states, “Samsung Electronics will use its single-chip solutions for its next smartphone, the Galaxy S III, to lower dependence on U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm.” This move comes as Samsung aims to aggressively shift focus to more profitable and less-volatile non-memory chips. The report says, “Memory chips like DRAMs and NAND flashes are used to read and write data with these chips being commoditized. Thus they are cheap, compared with non-memory chips. Non-memories are to control an entire computing system and require advanced chip-making technology.”
The Galaxy S III will feature Samsung's home grown Exynos chip
A high ranking executive within Samsung has stated, “Samsung’s single-chip solution is a combination of long-term evolution (LTE), telecommunications and W-CDMA functions. We don’t think there will be big technology-related problems as we have already tested our telecommunications chips in some smartphones and tablets for consumers in North America. Also, Google’s first reference mobile, the Galaxy Nexus, is using Samsung's telecom chips.” The unnamed executive from Samsung went on to state that Samsung has a stronger intent to lower its dependence on Qualcomm and their technicians believe that they have made significant progress in producing logic-based chips for high-end devices, combined logic and memory chips for graphic controllers and core communication chips for Internet-enabled consumer devices.
Another Samsung executive speaking on condition of anonymity stated that Samsung is paying huge amounts to Qualcomm in return for using its single-chip solutions in strategic digital devices, however, Qualcomm is gradually losing its edge. Analysts predict that the rise in demand for LTE-enabled smartphones could inadvertently hurt San Diego-based Qualcomm in the mid- to long-term.
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Published Date: Mar 20, 2012 09:30 am | Updated Date: Mar 20, 2012 09:30 am