Tuesday, January 12th 2021

Samsung x AMD: South Korean Giant Announces RDNA Integration in Next-Gen Exynos

Samsung today at its Exynos 2100 launch event announced that its labor with AMD to integrate the company's RDNA graphics architecture onto Exynos chips has born fruit. It's unclear today on which set of technology this integration is bound to - whether RDNA, RDNA 2, or a combination of both - and actual products will only hit shelves by the end of 2021 and beginning of 2022.

Samsung has announced that the design-in for AMD's RDNA platform into the company's flagship Exynos products for the 2021-2022 timeframe have been successful, and that the first iteration of the design will see the light of day on the upcoming Exynos 2100. The collaboration has reportedly resulted in very good performance values obtained from their IP merger in May 2020. It seems we have a few months to look towards to before we see a Galaxy phone with an RDNA-powered engraving, though.
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7 Comments on Samsung x AMD: South Korean Giant Announces RDNA Integration in Next-Gen Exynos

#1
Caring1
as soon as May 2020 doesn't make sense.
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mtcn77
I used to be one of those people mistaken about Samsung, thinking those octacores are so erroneous - until I've used samsung explorer in split screen mode. I now cannot do without it, picture in picture makes screen utility so much greater.
I tip my hat for that.
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#3
noel_fs
who cares they still wont release source so fuck samsung

qualcomm>>>>>>
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#4
TheoneandonlyMrK
noel_fswho cares they still wont release source so fuck samsung

qualcomm>>>>>>
I'm not convinced many care about that it hasn't hurt their bottom line too much IMHO.
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#5
Camm
I'm arguably more excited that we could see a competitor to the SHIELD now.

The SHIELD's GPU is relatively fine, but those ARM Cores date to like 2012.
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#6
Vya Domus
Now that Samsung finally switched to ARM reference core designs and AMD graphics they may very well make the fastest SoCs like they promised.
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Post Nut Clairvoyance
Vya DomusNow that Samsung finally switched to ARM reference core designs and AMD graphics they may very well make the fastest SoCs like they promised.
I am a bit skeptical. If snapdragon 888 is anything to go by, Samsung had better refine their 5nm process to handle the X1 core.
At the very least, Samsung may have the GPU performance crown down - Nvidia only updates their tablet power consumption level SOC every other year when they get tired of counting money, and no one else should be able to claim that title, unlike a certain Qualcomm who just overclocks their GPU (literally).
Samsung will also be able to optimize the SOC with their devices. Speaking of optimizing for your own devices, Apple SOC might still just be faster than all the other ARM SOC anyways.


What I'll be looking out for is RDNA integration performance. As this is a flagship SOC, it should be on parity with SD888 memory controller using LPDDR5 (totaling 50GiB/s, according to Wikipedia), and we can see what kind of performance RDNA can bring to APU's on D4-3200(same memory bandwidth), as well as speculating on memory scaling into D5-6400(assuming 128bit channel, I have no idea how bandwidth works with consumer D5 platforms) with current RDNA1 and RDNA2 GPUs.
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