It seems that Samsung doesn’t want to make a tough opponent being removed, but Samsung has embraced the opponent’s affection until now it has become increasingly familiar and profitable. It is Xiaomi who is making out with Samsung, as evidenced by the Super AMOLED Xiaomi screen technology made from Samsung.
So what form of their future intimacy will take? There is a bigger goal in the collaboration between Samsung and Xiaomi, which is to make an exclusive ARM-based chipset.
Hearing this, the iPhone was a little excited and was a little surprised because they became the pioneer of ARM-based chipsets, namely Bionic, which was embedded in their gadgets and could not be separated from Samsung’s role. The chipsets they made are also inseparable from the collaboration with Samsung which helped the development of early-generation chipsets, namely by integrating ARM-based processors (CPUs), graphics processing units (GPUs), which are now known as SoCs or (system-on-chip).
What is interesting is that the SoC A series, which is the mainstay of the iPhone, is now produced by Samsung and TSMC. Because when the A8 series Apple gave its design for TSMC production. That’s where Samsung is no longer intimate with Apple, they divorced.
Production was held by TSMC until the Apple A12 design used the 7nm FinFET process, then the A13 appeared again and the A14 chipset was built with a 5nm fabrication which is still being produced by TSMC finally, this last chipset is embedded in the iPhone 12 series.
Seeing the now strong iPhone with the ARM chipset it built, Samsung also invited Xiaomi to provide a new chipset for their cellphones using the architectural design of the mobile CPU manufacturer, ARM, namely Cortex-X2.
Although this cooperation has not been confirmed by the two parties, it is still a hot rumor. Due to the scarcity of semiconductor chip production, the two vendors joined forces and made better chips. Or there is a political game like Huawei being banned, so the need for vendors to have special chipsets.
Google pixel has also done this. According to rumors, they are working on the Whitechapel SoC, it seems that there will be many cellphone vendors producing their chipsets. So what will happen to Mediatek and Qualcomm?
Moreover, Samsung itself has introduced the Exynos 2100 chipset, integrated 5G and 5nm EUV technology, the octa-core CPU on the Exynos 2100 in the form of an Arm Cortex-X1 (2.9GHz) with a tri-cluster structure. The GPU with the latest chip uses the Arm Mali-G78. Of course, this chipset is not intended for Xiaomi, it will be used by their flagship cellphones so that they can still compete with the iPhone.
It seems even more interesting when Android starts to fight the big-name iPhone because last year Xiaomi was included in the top 3 in the world to replace Huawei. Let’s just wait for the chipset in particular, so what’s more with the base Arm Cortex-X2, higher than the Exynos 2100 will this chip be sold in the market or Xiaomi is back again using Qualcomm.