Ever since Apple introduced its 64-bit processor earlier this year with the iPhone 5s, there has been a lot of speculation about other manufacturers and their 64-bit plans. Samsung is reportedly going to start production of its 64-bit Exynos 6 processor early next year and according to industry observers cited in a new Digitimes report, Qualcomm, Nvidia and Broadcom are likely to roll out their 64-bit quadcore processors in the first half of 2014. Sources suggest that it is likely the chips might debut as early as CES 2014.

Despite the fact that manufacturers like MediaTek have been extensively focusing on octacore chips, the report suggests that Qualcomm, Nvidia and Broadcom aren’t likely to focus on 8 core chips in the near future. Since MediaTek has been focusing on 8 core chips, it is expected to launch its 64-bit processors in the second half of 2014. The three manufacturers have reportedly revamped their product roadmaps for 2014 as they expect rise in demand from smartphone vendors for 64-bit chips as they look to match the hardware specifications of Apple’s latest and greatest iPhone. None of the manufacturers have officially commented on their product roadmaps for 2014, it is likely that we’ll hear from them on this subject at or around CES 2014.

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