Samsung is reportedly starting development of its own in-house GPU for its System on a Chip (SoC) products. The GPU is said slated to be used first in its lower-end Exynos SoCs, and in the future perhaps migrate to its higher-end products.
Based on several LinkedIn job listings, Samsung is opening a new research centre in California. It has so far pulled in experts from Qualcomm, AMD and NVIDIA to help design the future GPU for upcoming Exynos SoCs. Currently, Samsung is using ARM’s Mali GPU cores for its Exynos products.
Qualcomm’s Adreno GPU cores have some advantages against ARM’s own Mali cores, as the Adreno was designed in-house by Qualcomm to fit its criteria. By going along this route, Samsung may want to gain the upper hand in offering a complete product to future customers that do not need any external components.
Samsung’s Mongoose cores in the Exynos SoCs has been proven to be a blazing performer in computational tasks, so having its own GPU in the mix tuned to the Mongoose core will impact device optimisation in the long run. Samsung is already producing its own modems for its product line-up so with the GPU announcement, it can truly say it has everything in-house.