Samsung’s Mobile GPU Expected To Launch in 2017/2018
There have been various reports in the past that Samsung is looking to build its own graphics chip for smart devices such as mobiles and tablets. It was also originally believed that these chips would be bundled with new generation of Samsung’s Exynos CPUs in 2016; however that seems unlikely now.
But there have been more confirmations that these graphics chips are definitely happening and will most probably release sometime in 2017/2018 according to Fudzilla.
So why is Samsung doing this? Well, primarily because with its flagship smartphone series, Galaxy S, being one of the most purchased series in the world making Samsung focus on producing high performing chips every now and then to keep up with the competition. Should the company manage to build the graphics processing unit, it will completely remove their reliance on acquiring graphics technologies from other sources such as ARM Holdings, the creators of Mali GPUs.
They can also opt to manufacture such chips for competitors, making an even bigger presence in the market since not even Apple, Samsung’s biggest smartphone rival, has its own GPU.
The details on these new chips are still scarce and the fact that they are still about 2-3 years away means Samsung will continue to rely on Mali GPUs for its Galaxy S series for a while. It’s still unclear why Samsung had to push back its GPU so far, but obviously the company is new to this area, so it would pose some unique challenges along the way.
Samsung will face some stiff competition though; Nvidia has been making huge progress in mobile graphics over the last couple of years, while Qualcomm has its own Adreno GPU technology, and of course, there is also Mali to deal with.