As first- and second-generation 5G devices make their way into stores, chipmakers are already working on third-generation 5G chips that are more tightly integrated into their CPUs and GPUs. Today, Samsung that its first all-in-one processor and 5G modem, Exynos 980, will begin mass production by the end of 2019, setting the stage for 2020 in-device rollouts.
Samsung isn’t the first to announce a 5G-integrated processor, as and have both promised their own all-in-one 5G chips; Qualcomm is expected to do the same by year’s end. But the Exynos 980 is significant because it’s designed to “make 5G more accessible to a wider range of users,” enabling the international consumer electronics giant to create smaller and less expensive 5G products. Samsung currently offers 5G only