Samsung Could Use NVIDIA’s or AMD’s GPU Tech in Its Next Exynos SoC

Omar Sohail
Posted Sep 10, 2016
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Companies like Samsung have been using ARM’s Mali GPUs in their devices for far too long, and while their performance has improved, it is still inferior to the likes of Qualcomm’s Adreno series. I am not saying that the aforementioned statement is the reason for the following, but according to an exclusive, the South Korean tech giant is currently in talks with AMD and NVIDIA. Samsung could employ either one of the company’s GPUs to be used in the company’s next Exynos chipset.

2018 Might Be the Year Samsung Finally Ditches ARM for NVIDIA’s or AMD’s GPU Tech

Currently, NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture has an upper hand against AMD’s Polaris GPU, but I am saying this because the latter hasn’t announced any high-end cards as yet. The RX 480 is definitely the most affordable VR ready GPU out there, and with the launch of its Vega in Q1, 2017 might provide further insight that it is ready to take on the GTX 1080. Coming back to Samsung, there have been numerous reports in the past that Samsung intends to develop its own GPUs in upcoming chipsets.

The last time this report came through, an in-house GPU was supposed to be present in the company’s Galaxy Note 5. Unfortunately, that was not the case, and it certainly isn’t for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, or Note 7 either. Now, it’s been reported that an Exynos SoC with HSA support is expected to arrive next year. To familiarize yourself with what exactly is HSA, it stands for Heterogeneous System Architecture. What it allows is the integration of both the CPU and GPU on the same bus, which allows them to share memory and tasks, thus improving performance as a result.

The platform’s primary aim is to reduce communication latency between CPUs, GPUs and other compute devices, and make these various devices more compatible from a programmer’s perspective. An Exynos chipset with HSA support is rumored to arrive next year, and with the integration of both CPU and GPU, Samsung is also intending to add CDMA support in its Exynos lineup. With this intention, Samsung could also cut off Qualcomm from using its LTE modems in the company years.

Unfortunately an Exynos with HSA support as well as an in-house GPU will most likely arrive during 2018, so it is best to say that the purported Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 (expected name) are not going to sport these additions.

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