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

16 May 2018

Currently, the only other manufacturer who uses Exynos processors in its smartphones is Meizu.

Inyup Kang, head of Samsung's logic chip developer System LSI, said that the company is in talks with all OEMs; offering them the opportunity to become a Samsung customer.

According to Reuters, Samsung is only in talks with ZTE at this moment for supply of its Exynos chipsets. 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.

The news follows on from the implementation of a USA trade embargo against ZTE over sanctions busting, which bars United States companies from trading with ZTE - instantly cutting out up to a quarter of the company's supply chain.

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

Samsung is negotiating with several smartphone manufacturers, including ZTE, the supply of mobile processors.

Samsung's System LSI business saw a 27 percent rise in shipments past year, Counterpoint says. This includes their Exynos brand of processors, which are used on tablets and smartphones.

He said Samsung is in discussion with multiple automobile companies to develop chips for autonomous driving, declining to name the auto makers.

TSMC is the world's top contract chip manufacturer, followed by the likes of USA -based Global Foundries, Taiwan-based UMC and Samsung.

Samsung's semiconductor business reported an operating profit of 35.2 trillion won (a whopping £24.5 billion) in 2017.

Kan also said that this year is expected to increase its business by 5-10 percent in dollar terms. However, he declined to provide the results of growth in the past year.

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