Samsung shows interest in selling Exynos chipsets to ZTE and other OEMs


The semiconductor business is a driving force of Samsungs profits, but its Exynos mobile chipsets are rarely seen in other manufacturers devices, with the only external client being Meizu with the latest 15 Plus phone.

A recent report suggests that Samsung is planning on approaching other OEMs to get them to use its Exynos chipsets in their smartphones.

Reuters quotes former Qualcomm, now Samsung, executive Inyup Kang as saying that Samsung is talking to "all OEMs" about licensing the SoCs.

The company later clarified the statement in relation to ZTE, which is now facing a seven year ban from America for violating sanctions on Iran and North Korea.

Regardless of U.S. -China trade talks, Kang said Samsung will continue discussions with ZTE.

Reuters has reported that Samsung is in talks with a number of smartphone makers, including troubled Chinese manufacturer ZTE, to start supplying them with mobile processor chips from its Exynos brand.

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Samsung's System LSI business saw a 27 percent rise in shipments a year ago, Counterpoint says. China's Meizu has been the only Exynos licensee to date.

As the smartphone market slows, Samsung's logic chip division also plans to seek growth in new fields such as fifth-generation mobile network technology (5G) and automotive, Kang said.

Given product development lifecycles, that would mean a new third-party Exynos phone is already under development.

Now ZTE's core business operations have been shut down post this ban and the company is looking for ways to widen its supply chain and is in talks with several companies including Samsung for supplying microprocessors.

TSMC is the world's top contract chip manufacturer, followed by the likes of US -based Global Foundries, Taiwan-based UMC and Samsung. He declined to provide last year's growth rate.