ZTE Is Among Samsung's Plans To Expand Exynos Processor Sales

Samsung to Announce New Customer for their Exynos Processors in 2019; New Client Maybe ZTE Mobiles

ZTE now represents a hard situation for many non-US companies looking to do business.

News of the talks between ZTE and Samsung come via a report by Reuters, which cites a senior executive as saying the Korean technology giant has been talking to a number of potential customers for its ARM-based mobile microprocessors including, most notably, Chinese phone maker ZTE.

Currently Samsung's only client for the Exynos processers is the Chinese OEM company Meizu.

Among the manufacturers of smartphones, which Samsung is negotiating on the supply of processors, it appears ZTE.

The Exynos 9610 processor consists of four ARM cortex-A73 cores that run at 2.3GHz, as well as an additional four 1.6GHz cortex-A53 cores to help smartphones run apps and multiple tasks quicker. However, nearly all of the semiconductor processors made by them are used for their own devices. Samsung also uses external processors such as Qualcomm's Snapdragon, on some of its flagship products like the Galaxy and Galaxy Note series.

System LSI still uses Samsung's foundry for all of its manufacturing needs, but is in talks with other contract manufacturers to diversify production in areas Samsung's foundry isn't prepared for yet, such as high-voltage automotive products, Kang said. This move if successful, can put Samsung in direct competition with Qualcomm, which supplies to all the major smartphone makers. That's not a big surprise, given the fact that American companies have been banned from selling to ZTE for seven years.

Samsung is reportedly in talks with ZTE and other OEMs about supplying them with Exynos chips. Samsung also clarified that no deal is reached and all OEMs are treated equally.

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