Samsung Layoffs & 108 MP Camera Rumour
Samsung is reportedly working on a 108 MP camera for its Galaxy S11 smartphone alongside revelations the company is laying off staff from its CPU research and development office in Austin, Texas.
Revealed by local news source the Statesman, a letter was sent to the Texas Workforce Commission stating the job cuts would also affect some workers at Samsung’s Advanced Computer Lab in California, resulting in a confirmed 290 employees to be laid off.
While the factory itself will not be closing, Samsung is facing questions about the Exynos processor and how the firings may alter its future, despite Austin Samsung spokesperson Michele Glaze saying there would be no impact to the semiconductor manufacturing facility.
Curiously enough, it follows the commemoration of National Manufacturing Day, a celebration Samsung welcomes the opportunity to recognise, referencing its US$17 billion investment into its Texas facility, which represents ‘the largest direct foreign investments in U.S. history’.
“At Samsung, we are proud to support manufacturing as a cornerstone of America’s economic success and future and an invaluable part of the communities we call home.”
What was not celebrated were the 290 layoffs by Samsung just over a month away from Christmas, though Ms Glaze maintains they treated their departing staff correctly.
‘They all have been given appropriate packages and advanced notice’.
Seemingly tied to Samsung’s CPU project, the layoffs had been speculated over the past month or so, according to industry analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy.
‘What (Samsung) is going to do now is actually license the design, not just the IP from Arm,’ referring to Samsung’s licensing of some intellectual property from Arm Holdings in the UK.
It comes as reliable Twitter phone leaker @IceUniverse who tweeted his prediction of a 108-megapixel sensor making its way to the new Galaxy S11 smartphone.
The Galaxy S11 has a high probability of using a new 108MP sensor.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 4, 2019
What could be the start of the smartphone camera wars, may not even kick off if the Exynos chips are not available to power it, though current predictions see the South Korean company switching to ARM chipsets.
However, according to early speculations reported by GSMArena, the Galaxy S11 is rumoured to come with the Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 9830 depending on the market.
Coupled with Samsung’s partnership with AMD to bring Radeon graphic solutions to future Samsung mobile devices, including smartphones, the future of the Galaxy S11 hardware will be an interesting one with so many cooks in the kitchen.
‘As we prepare for disruptive changes in technology and discover new opportunities, our partnership with AMD will allow us to bring groundbreaking graphics products and solutions to market for tomorrow’s mobile applications’, said Inyup Kang, president of Samsung Electronics’ S.LSI Business.
While Samsung is looking forward to working with AMD to accelerate innovations in mobile graphics technologies, according to Kang, the effects it could have on production are still to be seen.