Samsung rumored to be working on its own GPU

Samsung rumored to be working on its own GPU
A report published on Tuesday says that Samsung is planning on producing its own GPU. This is something that Sammy allegedly has been working on for some time, hiring talent from superstar silicon slingers like NVIDIA, AMD and Intel. Building a GPU is said to be quite a difficult task. Samsung has a good reputation when it comes to the ARM based Exynos CPU, but building a graphics chip from scratch is a different thing entirely.

Financially, eating your own home cooking can help save you some money in the long run. In the short run, there are plenty of development costs involved. But once you have these chips rolling off the line for a while, you can save plenty of money. Eventually, Samsung might be able to pass along the savings to the consumer in the form of lower device pricing.

There is no precise timetable mentioned as part of the rumors, and it still might be some time before a Samsung GPU is ready for prime time. For the time being, we will file this away and keep it in the back of our mind as something that still could be quite a few years away from being introduced.

source: Fudzilla via AndroidAuthority

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21 Comments

1. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Exynos is an ARM design, not a Samsung design. It is just the Samsung "brand" name. Samsung still doesn't have an ARM Architectural license, last I checked.

2. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

For the record, even the newest Exynos, the 5433, is stock A57/A53. First actual A57/A53 to market, and it uses the ARMv8 instruction set.

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Good on paper Bad on real-world Do they have the foundation? or did they simply steal engineers from AMD/ATi

9. ph00ny

Posts: 2027; Member since: May 26, 2011

Their engineering prowess in fab business is second to only intel. They're hitting yields that TSMC (much larger fab) can only dream of

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Same was said about Samsung's ISOCELL tech when it was first introduced. That how they can't beat Sony's sensor which is paving the way in flagship phones for years. But Samsung prove them wrong, didn't they. Samsung is in the top 3 companies in the world with its highest investment in R&D. I'm sure they'll come with something good. Thank god the world is not ran by pessimistic haters like you.

4. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

I think within a few years Samsung will create their own CPU's based off ARM architecture like what Apple does. And then pair it with a home grown GPU as well. A Samsung phone will all Samsung parts will be big for them. No more paying Qualcomm.

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Absolutely. I'm shocked they haven't done it already. There are a lot of risks to going away from the standard, but as Apple has shown with the A6/7/8, there are also a lot of potential rewards.

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Apple doesn't create their GPUs but they do customise their CPUs so I guess

5. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

so is this for mobile only or did samsung intend to make desktop class GPU as well?

7. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Mobile. Trying to go against the established duopoly of Nvidia and AMD in the desktop space,especially with the low volumes of enthusiast GPUs, would be foolish.

18. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

i think even on mobile it will be quite challenging to make entirely new GPU. even for qualcomm they did not start from a scratch. did samsung have any patent in regards to GPU tech?

8. shahulvm

Posts: 124; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

"Eventually, Samsung might be able to pass along the savings to the consumer in the form of lower device pricing". - I dont think this is going to happen, instead, it should be "Eventually, Samsung is looking increasing their profit margin (period)"

10. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

not if samsung is forced to competition

21. Webmutation

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I had the same reaction... Samsung is not really in the game of passing on savings LOL

12. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Two things have hurt Samsung: the closed source drivers for developers to take advantage of to optimize their software on the SoC and the lack of an integrated modem for LTE reception. They may make the best phones in the world, but I never understood why a company as powerful as this, with all the resources at their disposal, can't get these hurdles cleared sooner. Maybe it was just cheaper to stick with the Qualcomm alternative?

14. twens

Posts: 1173; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

One thing I do like about them irrespective of verything is that their hardware is always top north. Most of the time, their hardware seems to be the best amongst the bunch. We can expect something great as always.

15. solidsnake695

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

it explodes and its not samsungs fault

16. digitalw

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

"Eventually, Samsung might be able to pass along the savings to the consumer in the form of lower device pricing." - The writer of this article is blind to Samsungs policy - there will be never price cut in favor of the consumer, never, ever! If that was Nokia, we could expect something like taht, but never from Samsung!

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Wait until the Chinese brands begin to significantly take their market share. Sooner or later they'd have to lower prices to compete.

19. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

look where nokia is now. No where. literally.

20. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Nice. Samsung Exynos is already awesome so adding their own GPU to that would be awesome. It's good they're moving away from the norm, like their ISOCELL camera etc.

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