Samsung is going to unveil the first GPU it has co-developed with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in July, says venerated leaker Ice Universe.
The two companies entered into an agreement in 2019 under which AMD would license its graphics designs to Samsung for use in phones and tablets.
Samsung was earlier rumored to reveal the AMD-based GPU this month but we will now have to wait until July for details on its performance.
AMD’s tech could give Exynos 2200 an edge over Snapdragon 888’s successor
In the meanwhile, we thankfully have leaks to fall back on. Samsung has restructured its chip business in recent years, presumably because of the criticism it received for the performance gap between its Exynos chips that usually powers European and Middle Eastern versions of its flagship smartphones and Qualcomm’s premium Snapdragon SoCs that fuel the American and Chinese models.
The tech titan has retired its custom cores and now uses Arm’s design – a step that has considerably boosted the performance of the Exynos 2100. The silicon still lags behind in graphics performance, supposedly because Arm’s Mali GPU is no match for Qualcomm’s Adreno GPU.
That is likely to change this year with the introduction of the new Exynos 2xxx SoC – and presumably the next Exynos 1xxx processor – that will embed an AMD GPU. We will supposedly first see the tech in action with the Galaxy S22 series, which will apparently be fueled by the 5nm Exynos 2200 chip.
AMD GPU has smoked competing products in benchmarks
Samsung is seemingly really happy about the results and is interested in signing a new contract for the next-generation RDNA microarchitecture.
Google may use Samsung’s AMD GPU next
In related news, a sketchy report claims that Samsung is trying to poach former Apple and AMD architecture engineers for a custom chip project.