course towards 6G and big changes in sight

course towards 6G and big changes in sight

Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S23, Samsung’s flagships will use Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. The two firms have signed a historic agreement.

Source: Qualcomm

There was a time when brands could equip themselves with SoC chips from many manufacturers: Texas Instruments, Qualcomm or even Nvidia each offered their own products. Gradually, Qualcomm has become hegemonic in the market, although competition from MediaTek is still there.

Manufacturers always had the opportunity to develop their own chips in-house. Apple is well known for doing this, but so is Samsung and its Exynos. This division takes a hit on the head with the signing of a historic agreement between Qualcomm and Samsung Electronics.

All high-end products go to Qualcomm

The agreement is very clear: Samsung agrees to extend its collaboration with Snapdragon platforms to future high-end Samsung Galaxy products. This includes smartphones, and we are obviously thinking of the next Samsung Galaxy S23, but also future PCs, tablets and extended reality headsets. The release leaves the door open for additional product categories, like perhaps smartwatches.

In April, we learned that Samsung was planning to source the Galaxy S22 FE and Galaxy S23 from MediaTek. It may have been an argument of the brand in its negotiation with Qualcomm. With this agreement, that no longer seems to be on the agenda.

However, it is still unclear whether Samsung will continue to offer its future Galaxy S ranges in two versions, one with Snapdragon chip in the United States, and the other with Exynos chip in Europe and Asia. Presumably all future high-end models are now moving to Qualcomm Snapdragon chips, although this has yet to be confirmed by either group. Samsung still wanted to reassure about the future of the Exynos with an explanation of its strategy.

Target 6G patents

This deal isn’t just for future Samsung Galaxy products and Snapdragon platforms. Qualcomm and Samsung have agreed to an exchange of licenses around their patents on 3G, 4G and 5G.

The press release goes so far as to mention the future 6G with an exchange until 2030.

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