Again, Apple successfully opened up the mobile chipset market with its 64-bit chipset in the iPhone 5S. Other chipset manufacturers are set to follow the trend set by Apple and will introduce 64-bit chipsets in next year.
Samsung was the first to announce that it will adopt 64-bit processing architecture in mobile chipset. Probably, we will see Samsung Exynos chipset before the second half of 2014. Qualcomm, NVIDIA and Broadcom are other manufacturers that will join the 64-bit chipset camp as well.
64-bit chipset sounds better and gives better perception to buyers. However, the 64-bit chipset will not improve the device if the operating system and applications don’t support it. This means the 64-bit is just a marketing tool if the OS and apps don’t have such capability.
64-bit mobile chipset could be the trend in 2014 but never leave out octa-core. The Samsung Exynos 5 Octa being outperformed by Snapdragon 800, which is a quad-core chipset, in this year. However, Taiwanese firm MediaTek had introduced the self-claimed first true octa-core mobile processor, MT6592. More than five Chinese manufacturers had expressed their interests in it.
Manufacturers may adopt 64-bit mobile chipset in their flagships while octa-core-powered devices are in the emerging markets. It is very interesting to observe the mobile chipset market in next year.