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Samsung joins AMD's HSA Foundation, faster chipsets coming?

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Samsung joins AMD's HSA Foundation, faster chipsets coming?
It has become clear during AMD's IFA keynote that Samsung is the latest company to join the recently-founded HSA Foundation. What's this foundation all about?

AMD, together with ARM, Texas Instruments, MediaTek and Imagination Technologies, announced the HSA Foundation in June. The HSA Foundation is a non-profit organization which will deal with the popularization of the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) technology. Basically, what this technology does is to allow the chipset to use non-CPU components, like the GPU, for general computational tasks, not only for visual calculations. In other words, when requested, the GPU starts acting like a second CPU in order to increase performance.

So, what does Samsung's arrival in the HSA means for the company and for our beloved mobile devices? Well, if things do work out well for AMD and the other founders, it'd mean that they have developed a successful standard for implementing the HSA technology. If this happens and the tech becomes widely-employed, we'll all be able to enjoy even faster devices, powered by even snappier processors, leading to more capable devices with better user experience.

Could this newly-formed alliance be a defensive move countering Intel's upcoming invasion in the mobile space?

via: Engadget

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posted on 31 Aug 2012, 09:57 17

1. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Just hope that Apple doesn't join

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 10:04 1

2. dickwyn (Posts: 596; Member since: 07 May 2012)


why would apple join, its not like they are going to sell their chips to other manufacturers. they make it themselves for themselves so their chips are mostly tailored to their products

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 10:17 7

3. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


not true..apple uses ARM architecture of chips as a base for their design and modifies it just as samsung and qualcomm do ... then they send the modified device to manufacturer like samsung to build it for them !

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 10:33 1

4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Only Qualcomm modifies ARM architecture.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 10:45

6. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


mm im not sure about that and i cant argue u ...but maybe they do extreme modification with their snapdragon S4 ..other with with older chips thought that all do modify it a little that gives some minor difference in performance between each ...lets say even if two of same class "tegra 2 , exynos 4210 " run with same software ...CM for example they still wont give the exact same performance

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 11:13 1

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


It is ok, I understand what you want to say. :)
Tegra and Exynos use the same ARM architecture CPU, performance differences between Tegra and Exynos becomes only because differently designed SoC's can squeeze different amount of performance from the same ARM architecture CPU, in other words it dpends on how good SoC is designed. Talking about ARM architecture CPU modifications, only Qualcomm directly modifies ARM architecture (I guess only they has license to do that, but I might be wrong about license).

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 11:27 10

8. starandmountain (Posts: 51; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


apple won't join, it's NON-profit

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 12:15 4

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Exactly! :)

posted on 02 Sep 2012, 04:20

14. Jonathan41 (Posts: 529; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Exactly..

posted on 02 Sep 2012, 04:23

15. Jonathan41 (Posts: 529; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Apple is out to ruin the smartphone business all together.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 10:40

5. ObjectivismFTW (Posts: 211; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Oh ok I see they are speaking in regards to GPGPU computing. This is already making a splash on the desktop side. Hopefully we can get some more info

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 12:08

9. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


If only AMD releases ARM processors. they do have the potential.

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 04:39

12. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


wasn't AMD processor on PCs ARM? or im wrong?

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 04:39

11. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


so intel will be far behind again in mobile processor space? they need to bring their chips on mobiles now.. coz these phones are just getting smarter!!!

i wish to see intel ivy bridge!! :P

it is said that WP8 is theoretically can run up to 64 cores.. i wish to see intel i5 on a windows Phone! :P

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 10:23

13. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


that wont happen anytime soon ...PC processors are power hungry to be used with phones ..and the other thing is with such processor power comes heat ... both of these will take them awhile to be able to port anything at that level to mobile phones

posted on 02 Sep 2012, 04:25

16. Jonathan41 (Posts: 529; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


This sounds awesome for Samsung. Now, GO FORTH and conjure up exceptional devices!

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