Earlier this year it was announced that AMD graphics would be introduced in Samsung’s flagship Exynos chipsets for smartphones. Now AMD has announced some more details on the evolution of the Samsung-AMD partnership to provide Exynos chipsets with AMD inputs at Computex 2021.
AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su announced in her keynote that the Samsung Exynos processor will be equipped with RDNA2 graphics, a brand new GPU that is available for the first time for mobile devices. It will include advanced features like ray tracing and variable rate shading that will enable it to provide higher fidelity graphics and improved energy efficiency. For context, RDNA2 is the latest graphics architecture from AMD. In addition, GPUs based on this technology are used in AMD’s 6000 series graphics cards on PS5 and Xbox Series X | S.
“AMD is partnering with Samsung on its next-generation Exynos SoC, which will feature a custom AMD RDNA 2 architecture-based graphics IP that provides variable rate ray tracing and shading capabilities for flagship mobile devices,” so AMD in its Computex press release.
Dr. Lisa Su said: “AMD has worked with industry leader Samsung for several years to accelerate graphics innovation in the wireless market and provide variable rate shading capabilities.“Samsung should reveal more details about the upcoming processor later this year.
While Samsung Exynos processors have been criticized in the past for offering a relatively weaker GPU, resulting in a performance throttling, the AMD inputs could help Samsung boost its gaming and general graphics performance in the next flagship Exynos processor. Rumor has it that the Exynos 2200 will be the first Samsung chipset to feature an AMD GPU. The SoC is intended to be used in both smartphones and laptops.