Samsung Wants To Use AMD Or Nvidia GPUs In Its Exynos Chipsets, Plans To Ditch Qualcomm For Good In 2018

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According to a recent "exclusive" report from behind the scenes, Samsung is in talks with both Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Nvidia for GPU tech. Namely, the Korean company wants to stop using the ARM-developed Mali GPUs in its Exynos chipset designs, and instead utilize ones created by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) or Nvidia.

At the moment, the latter has an upper hand apparently, thanks to its "superior" Pascal architecture, but Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) can't be ruled out just yet since its Polaris architecture is powering the PS4 Pro.


Past rumors assumed that in 2017 we'll see an Exynos chipset with a Mali GPU still, but employing Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA). This will let the Central Processing Units (CPU) and GPU sit on the same bus and share memory and tasks, which should improve overall performance. Then, in 2018 we might see either a Samsung-developed GPU or one licensed from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) or Nvidia if these talks pan out.

In parallel, the Korean company is slowly developing its CDirect Memory Access (DMA) modem tech, aiming to start testing support for that mobile network flavor in September 2017. If all goes well, then expect to see only one Galaxy S9 model in early 2018, powered by an Exynos chip - no more Snapdragon version for certain markets. With this move, Samsung will essentially ditch elegant Qualcomm for fine in the high-discontinue mobile device space.

As with all unconfirmed rumors, don't hold any of this for granted. However, it has to be assumed that all of the moves described here do create a lot of sense for Samsung in its continuous strive to develop more and more parts of its Systems-on-a-Chip in-house.

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