Samsung SoC with integrated AMD RDNA2 graphics to be unveiled in July

Published: 20th Jun 2021, 08:28 GMT   Comments

Samsung SoC with RDNA2 coming next month

Samsung and AMD were to unveil the fruit of their collaboration already in June, but the announcement of a brand new System on a Chip (SoC) featuring AMD RDNA2 graphics has been postponed to July, a prominent mobile industry leaker claims.

At Computex Lisa Su has confirmed that RDNA2 graphics will be integrated into Samsung Exonys SoC, specifically a high-performance SKU. Samsung had also confirmed that the next SoC featuring custom graphics IP will indeed be the flagship model of the Exynos family.

Exynos SoCs are in-house processors by Samsung, which sold in certain regions. Samsung has been shipping Qualcomm-based devices in the US, while other markets have usually received Exynos variants. Samsung has recently made a surprising decision by shipping Qualcomm Snapdragon-based Samsung Galaxy phone even for its domestic South Korean market.

An RDNA2 based Exynos SoC could be the first to launch in all markets, should it be proven to be better performing in graphics, which are growing in importance in the mobile industry as the devices shift to complex modern UI, require powerful encoding capabilities, or are simply used in games.

According to Ice universe, Samsung and AMD were supposed to unveil its Exynos&RDNA2 SoC already this month, but due to unknown reasons, the product has been delayed till next month. The leaker does not provide a reason for this delay, nor he confirms how soon would the product launch since are only talking about an announcement. However, it is commonly believed that the next flagship Galaxy S series phone could already feature this processor.

AMD CEO Lisa Su confirmed that this chip will support ray-tracing as well as variable-rate shading. While the former was not exactly expected in such a power-constrained and low-power device, VRS is certainly going to be a worthy addition.

The next place you’ll find RDNA 2 will be the high-performance mobile phone market. AMD has partnered with industry leader Samsung to accelerate graphics innovation in the mobile market, and we’re happy to announce we will bring custom graphics IP to Samsung’s next flagship SoC, with ray-tracing and variable rate shading capabilities. We’re really looking forward to Samsung providing more details later this year.

— Dr. Lisa Su

The specifications of the Exynos&RDNA2 SoC have not yet been confirmed, but we are looking forward to seeing how powerful can RDNA2 architecture can be at such a low power level. The architecture has already shown its strength with the recent Navi 23 GPU announcement, which boosts up to 2.9 GHz at 90W (mobile variant) delivering as much as 10 TFLOPs of power.

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