Samsung: Our Answer to Apple’s A7 Processor Is ‘On Schedule’

Source: Apple.comSoon after Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) unveiled its unprecedented 64-bit A7 processor for the iPhone 5S in September, its Korea-based rival promised that it would soon unveil its own 64-bit mobile processor. “Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality,” said Samsung (SSNLF.PK) mobile business chief Shin Jong-Kyun via the Korea Times.

Samsung recently held an “Analyst Day” event where many investors expected the company would offer further details about its 64-bit mobile processor plans. However, the Galaxy smartphone maker offered few new details beyond its previous assurances about its plans to create an Android-based alternative to Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 5S, reported Apple Insider’s Daniel Eran Dilger.

Although Samsung’s Dr. Namsung Stephen Woo told attendees that the company’s 64-bit AP (application processor) would be “based on ARM’s (NASDAQ:ARMH) own core.” He declined to provide a specific timetable or release date, noted Apple Insider. Dr. Woo is president of Samsung’s System LSI or “large-scale integration” business segment that includes development of application processors.

“Let me just tell you, we have planned for it, we are marching on schedule,” said Dr. Woo in reference to Samsung’s 64-bit processor development. “We will offer the first 64-bit AP based on ARM’s own core [reference design].”

“For the second product after that we will offer even more optimized 64-bit based on our own optimization,” said Woo via Apple Insider. “So we are marching ahead with the 64-bit offering, and even though it’s a little too early, I think we are at the leader group in terms of 64-bit offerings.”

Dr. Woo also indirectly referred to Apple’s A7 chip in his opening comments. “Many people were thinking ‘why do we need 64-bit for mobile devices?’ People were asking that question until three months ago, and now I think nobody is asking that question,” noted Woo via Apple Insider. “Now people are asking ‘when can we have that? And will software run correctly on time?’”

At the iPhone premiere event, Apple noted that the iPhone 5S is the world’s first and only 64-bit smartphone. Apple also pointed out that the new iOS 7 software was specifically designed to take advantage of the 64-bit architecture of the A7 chip. Despite his reference to software, Samsung’s Dr. Woo declined to offer details on any plans for 64-bit optimized software for Samsung’s upcoming processor.

Although teardowns of Apple’s iPhone 5S have confirmed that Samsung is the manufacturer of Apple’s A7 processor, it appears that the Korea-based company is still behind Apple when it comes to making an original 64-bit AP design.

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