Samsung Confirms Layoffs, Cancels Custom Chip Development

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Last month, we covered rumors that Samsung’s custom chip department and R&D department in Austin, TX was being targeted for layoffs following the disappointing performance of Samsung’s own M3 and M4 CPU cores. That news has now been confirmed in…

Samsung Confirms Layoffs, Cancels Custom Chip Development

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Last month, we covered rumors that Samsung’s custom chip department and R&D department in Austin, TX was being targeted for layoffs following the disappointing performance of Samsung’s own M3 and M4 CPU cores. That news has now been confirmed in a letter Samsung provided to the Texas Workforce Commission (by law, Texas is required to give notice).The letter Samsung sent can be viewed here. It states that Samsung will close its CPU project at SARC and that the cancellation is expected to be permanent. The number of affected employees is unknown, but there are supposedly ~300 people working on the CPU dev team at SARC. It is unknown if any of those employees will transfer to other teams or be reassigned.Samsung launched SARC in 2010 and made building its own custom architecture a major prong of its long-term plans for ARM architectures. Developing one’s own CPUs is considerably more expensive than simply licensing ARM cores, and
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