Exclusive: Samsung is in talks with Nvidia and AMD for GPU technologies

There have been multiple reports in the past stating Samsung’s efforts to develop an in-house GPU for its mobile processors. The company’s Exynos chipset with a GPU developed internally was expected to be ready in time for the Galaxy Note 5, but the plan didn’t materialise. We’ve now received additional information regarding the matter.

Currently, Samsung is using ARM’s Mali series of GPUs in its Exynos chipsets. According to information that we’ve received, Samsung is in talks with both AMD and Nvidia to license their GPU technologies. As of now, Nvidia seems to have an upper hand due to its superior Pascal architecture. However, that doesn’t mean AMD could be ruled out, especially since Sony just announced its PS4 Pro gaming console with 4K gaming that uses AMD’s Polaris architecture.

An Exynos chipset with HSA support is rumoured to arrive next year. Samsung is also working hard to add CDMA support in its Exynos chipsets, and the company is planning to test its upcoming SoC on CDMA networks in September 2017. The Exynos-powered Galaxy S9 is expected to support CDMA networks, which could mean that the South Korean smartphone giant could dump Qualcomm’s Snapdragon solutions for good in the coming years.

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derhundchen
9 months 11 days ago

It would be interesting if they went the AMD way, at least from the rom development perspective. AMD have an open source linux driver (both kernel and userspace) which could be ported to Android fairly easily.

garysims
9 months 13 days ago

Odd since AMD has no proven track record for mobile GPUs. There is a huge difference between desktop and mobile.

iceguyver
9 months 12 days ago

I find it strange to AMD has only made GPUs for computers. Which are pretty good but jumping into the world of mobile device could prove to be their downfall if AMD isn’t careful.

garysims
9 months 12 days ago

As far as I know, AMD is not entering into the mobile GPU market, it got out of the mobile GPU market in 2009 when it sold its handset business to Qualcomm. That is why this rumor doesn’t have much credibility (at least the bit about AMD).

wiak
9 months 11 days ago

it would make sense for amd to license technology to samsung, unless they are doing a semi-custom with samsung

garysims
9 months 11 days ago

AMD don’t have any mobile GPU technology to license to Samsung.

Jimmyz4202
9 months 13 days ago

Ummmm, AMD was in the mobile market since 2002, they took over ATI technologies which started the Adreno chips, only sold a quarter billion or so of them…. Adreno is simply a word jumble of the name of their graphics line called Radeon.

garysims
9 months 12 days ago

Ummmm, Qualcomm bought AMD’s (i.e. ATI’s) mobile graphics division in 2009 for $65 million. Since then AMD has no track record in mobile.

superg05
9 months 13 days ago

i wish i could roll “the more you know clip” interesting and good to know

garysims
9 months 12 days ago

Then there is the saying that a little knowledge can be dangerous.

Sherweaz
9 months 13 days ago

Why do they need to test the Exynos for CDMA all the way until 2017 when the 7420 already supported CDMA? This shouldn’t still be a hurtle.

friss
9 months 13 days ago

Since when? The exynos 7420 S6 series and Note 5 sold in USA still use Qualcomm modem which is why you see the small sticker stating “Qualcomm 4G”. International market like my country, we are using Samsung in house Shannon 333 Modem which is also on Exynos 7420/8890 for S7 series and Note7.

Sherweaz
9 months 12 days ago

I’m not disputing that the Qualcomm modem is used in the 7420 in the US. This article makes it seem as if there has been no Exynos with CDMA support when that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Alconsic
9 months 13 days ago

Please Nvidia

Spo0of
9 months 13 days ago

No, Nvidia likes to make it all “exclusive” …

 
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