Samsung in talks with AMD and NVIDIA to license GPU technology

Samsung in talks with AMD and NVIDIA to license GPU technology
According to a fresh report that surfaced today, Samsung is allegedly in talks with AMD and NVIDIA to license their technologies related to GPU chips. Samsung current employs ARM's Mali line for its Exynos SoC. It would appear that Samsung wants the technology so that it can build its own in-house GPU solution. That was something rumored about nearly two years ago to the day.

It isn't unreasonable for Samsung to want more control over the components it uses inside its mobile devices. Samsung is rumored to be working on adding CDMA support for its Exynos chipsets. To that end, it plans on testing the chipset expected to be used inside 2018's Samsung Galaxy S9 in September 2017 on CDMA networks. If Samsung can pass this test, it won't have to depend on the embedded modem on Snapdragon chipsets for certain CDMA carriers like Verizon and Sprint.  And that would probably mean the end of finding Snapdragon SoC's inside Samsung Galaxy devices.

Samsung is hoping to cut into the long time it takes to develop a GPU by licensing some of the technology. NVIDIA is currently using the Pascal architecture for its mobile GPUs. Chips produced with Pascal are manufactured by TSMC using its 16nm FinFET process. AMD's graphic processors employ uses a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process for its Polaris architecture.

Will things progress beyond talks? Considering Samsung's goals here, it is likely that an agreement is made between Samsung and one of these companies.

source: SamMobile

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