AMD GPU on Samsung Galaxy smartphone

AMD GPUs are coming on Samsung Galaxy Smartphones

It’s not the first time the PC tech giant’s trying to get into the mobile’s silicon. Going around 16 years back intel launched there XScale, which was a microarchitecture for CPU which was initially designed by intel and was based on ARM architecture for the Mobile platform. ATI (later AMD) also was also selling mobile chipsets in the early 2000s named Imageon. It was used in many handheld devices like mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). Later Qualcomm bought the imageon mobile handheld graphic division and use them inside the Snapdragon SoC under the Adreno branding.

AMD and Samsung’s Partnership

We heard the partnership agreement between two tech giants AMD and Samsung earlier in mid of 2019. Since then we haven’t heard much from both parties.

What we heard so far from officials was when  AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su  said;

AMD GPU coming on Samsung Galaxy Smartphones
The official statement from AMD president and CEO

After almost a year, a recent report was published by Boy Genius Report (BGR ) which gives us a few glimpses about RDNA-based AMD Radeon GPUs coming to smartphones. In the report we get to see some interesting results based on the GFXBench, comparing the new AMD GPU in Samsung’s CPU with the Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU.

In the comparison, we see a significant rise in the Manhattan 3.1 though it’s not as much as the two others. It might also be because of CPU limitations but in Aztech Normal and Aztech High, the AMD RDNA based GPU crushed the Adreno by 2-3 times.

AMD GPU vs Qualcomm Adreno GPU
AMD GPU vs Qualcomm Adreno GPU

Taking about Adreno 650, it’s the new 25 percent faster GPU featuring in the current Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile SoC manufactured by Qualcomm.

Talking about the performance of the AMD GPU, we currently don’t know anything about its efficiency and its thermal performance. We also don’t know under what circumstances the test was performed.

Why is the AMD Based GPU the next big thing?

 Currently, two big names in the Mobile GPU industry are Mali-based and the Adreno GPU. Soc companies like Mediatek, Kirin, and Samsung’s Exynos are dependent on the Mali GPU while the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon is equipped with the Adreno GPU. If ADM gets into the Market with its RDNA based GPU it would make the industry more competitive. Getting a GPU which is twice powerful than the current Adreno standard would open a whole world of possibilities. We could see

  •  Android-based handheld Gaming console giving competition to the Nintendo switch.

  • Power like this in a handheld device could result in laptops grade performance in the Tablets.

  • Other GPU giants like Nvidia may also respond with their products.

  • It could give the Mobile GPU industry a new hype.

Currently, both Samsung and AMD might still be busy optimizing the performance and power consumption of this tech. If all went well we could see AMD GPU in the Samsung’s 5nm Exynos 1000 series SoC in 2021.

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