Samsung and AMD are working on an Exynos mobile chip with ray tracing

AMD has partnered with Samsung to deliver RDNA 2 graphics technology for its Exynos mobile system-on-a-chip, potentially boosting the GPU performance of flagship Samsung phones. This announcement was made today at Computex Taipei.

There aren’t many details about the chip or what products it will use, but AMD describes the chip as a “next-generation Exynos SoC” and says Samsung will provide more information later in 2021. The GPU will be AMD. It supports features such as RDNA 2 architecture, ray tracing and variable speed shading. AMD says it will move on to “flagship mobile devices”.

AMD CEO Lisa Su said on stage, “The next place to find RDNA 2 will be the high-performance mobile phone market. “AMD has partnered with industry leader Samsung for many years to accelerate graphics innovation in the mobile market, and is pleased to announce that it will bring custom graphics IP to Samsung’s next-generation flagship mobile SoC with ray tracing and variable-rate shading capabilities. I’m glad. We are really looking forward to more detailed information from Samsung later this year.”

Exynos is the brand name Samsung uses for its in-house processors. Samsung’s flagship Galaxy phones in the US and certain other markets will ship with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC, while the rest of the countries will offer Exynos chips. Exynos models are generally considered slightly inferior in performance to Qualcomm models, but it looked surprising when Samsung decided to switch to the Snapdragon variant of the Galaxy S20 in the Korean domestic market.

It is not known whether AMD’s mobile solution offers any real advantage over Qualcomm’s Adreno GPUs. But by throwing away buzzwords like ray tracing and renting the latest RDNA 2 architecture, AMD is definitely setting high expectations for future Samsung devices.

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