Samsung Considers Ditching AMD Radeon Graphics as It Speeds Development on New In-House GPU: Report

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The Exynos 2200 may be the last processor from Samsung Electronics to feature a GPU powered by AMD Radeon graphics. That’s according to the @OreXda account, which shared an exclusive report this week about how Samsung may be terminating its existing strategic IP licensing agreement with AMD, which just so happens to have been recently extended in April 2023 as part of a deal to bring multiple generations of high-performance, ultra-low-power AMD Radeon graphics solutions to an expanded portfolio of Samsung Exynos SoCs. Samsung is thinking about severing ties with AMD because it’s working on it’s own GPU, developed as part of a goal of keeping more hardware in-house. The Exynos 2200’s GPU, the Xclipse, is capable of hardware accelerated ray tracing (RT) and variable rate shading (VRS) thanks to AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics architecture.

Within Samsung’s LSI, there are signs of a move to terminate the current GPU collaboration with AMD and prepare for the development of its own GPU.

Samsung has plans to enhance its competitiveness in various fields including graphics, automotive, and AI through its in-house developed GPU, setting a goal to become independent by 2025.

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