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Samsung about to shun AMD

by on06 May 2024

Will return to making its own in-house chip

The Dark Satanic rumour mill has manufactured a hell-on-earth yarn, claiming that Samsung is set to abandon AMD’s RDNA GPU architecture and revert to using its homegrown integrated graphics for its Exynos SoC.

According to VideoCardz this shift will occur in 2026 after the agreement between the two tech titans expires next year.

For those not in the know, the current Exynos 2200 and 2400 SoCs are kitted out with Xclipse 920 and 940 integrated graphics cores, respectively. Both are powered and designed based on AMD’s RDNA GPU architecture, with the former based on RDNA2 and the latter on RDNA3 cores.

The next Exynos chipset, cheekily dubbed the 2500, is expected to feature an Xclipse 950 SoC that will house a yet unspecified RDNA GPU. The mystery around the GPU, with speculation rife that it could be based on either RDNA3.5 or RDNA4, adds an element of anticipation to tech enthusiasts and industry professionals.

Samsung itself has kept schtum about its plans for the next-generation Exynos GPUs. While it was over the moon to enter into a partnership with AMD for its RDNA architecture, the masses' performance and adoption of its chipset haven’t exactly been as enthusiastic as it had hoped.

Samsung’s decision to ship out the majority of its Galaxy S22 Ultra with the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 back in 2022 – Qualcomm’s flagship chipset proved to be more potent than the Korean giant’s offering – and units equipped with the Exynos 2200 were limited to the brand’s home country of South Korea and the EU market.

Again, this is all based on whispers and rumours; Samsung already announced the extension of its GPU licensing agreement with AMD in April last year but didn’t specify how long it would last. The first one was signed back in 2019 and lasted four years so we could look at a similar time frame between the two.


Last modified on 06 May 2024
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