Samsung will launch more Exynos chips with AMD graphics

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Samsung has signed a multi-year extension of its partnership with AMD. The company plans to bring the latter’s Radeon graphics technology to more Exynos processors in the future. Rumors are that Samsung will use AMD-powered graphics in both mid-range and high-end chipsets.

Samsung and AMD extend their partnership

Samsung’s Exynos processors don’t have a very good reputation in the market. Particularly, its flagship chipsets have been consistently underperforming rivaling solutions from Qualcomm for the past few years. The latter’s Snapdragon chips are better at everything from raw CPU and GPU performance to thermal and power management.

In 2019, Samsung decided to fundamentally change its Exynos processors. The company stopped making custom CPU cores and started using stock cores from ARM. It also moved away from ARM’s Mali GPUs and teamed up with AMD to bring its Radeon graphics technology to mobile processors. After a couple of years of work behind the scenes, Samsung unveiled the Xclipse 920 GPU based on the AMD RDNA 2 architecture in early 2022. It was the industry’s first mobile GPU with hardware-accelerated ray tracing and variable rate shading.

Samsung integrated the Xclipse 920 GPU with its Exynos 2200 processor that powered the Galaxy S22 flagships in some regions last year. However, the AMD-powered graphics solution still left a lot to be desired. It did offer better ray tracing in games, but the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1’s Adreno 730 GPU delivered better overall graphics performance. The Korean firm hasn’t launched a new Exynos processor with AMD graphics since. But this partnership extension suggests the two firms are still working on the project.


“Together with AMD, Samsung has been revolutionizing mobile graphics, including our recent collaboration that brought ray tracing capability to mobile processors for the first time in the industry,” said Seogjun Lee, an Executive Vice President at Samsung. “Drawing on our technological know-how in designing ultra-low-power solutions, we will continue to drive ongoing innovation in the mobile graphics space”. Hopefully, the two companies have identified the problems and worked out solutions to improve performance.

Samsung’s Exynos 2400 flagship chipset may feature AMD graphics

It’s unclear when Samsung will launch its second mobile processor with an AMD GPU. As things stand, the Exynos 2400 appears to be the best bet. The new chipset will succeed the Exynos 2200 after the Korean firm skipped the Exynos 2300. It is expected to arrive later this year.

There’s little chance of the Exynos 2400 powering the Galaxy S24 series, though. Samsung exclusively used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy in the Galaxy S23 series this year and will likely do the same next year. It may supply the new Exynos processor to Chinese vendors like Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo. Samsung is also working on custom processors for Galaxy devices. The first-gen solution may debut in 2025. It remains to be seen whether those chipsets use AMD graphics.