Back at Computex 2021, Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, confirmed that her company will indeed be providing its RDNA2 GPU technology for Samsung’s next-generation Exynos GPUs. Now, it’s been rumoured that the mobile chipset could be making its grand debut as early as July, barring any further hiccups from now until then.
The alleged launch period was leaked by everybody’s favourite leakster, Ice universe (@UniverseIce), who says that the July launch window comes after both Samsung and AMD missed their June release window. Sadly, Ice universe doesn’t follow up the tweet with additional details but at this point, it’s fair to say that we have an idea of what we can expect.
Rumours of both AMD and Samsung’s collaboration on a new ARM-based, Exynos mobile chipset first cropped up back in 2019, when the two tech giants announced their “multi-year strategic partnership” and how AMD would license out its first-generation RDNA graphics architecture.
Exclusive：Samsung×AMD GPU was originally scheduled to be released in June, but now it has been postponed to July, when we will know the performance of AMD GPU on Exynos and other details. pic.twitter.com/GM6W8l3EKY
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 20, 2021
One core feature that Samsung wants from the RDNA2 architecture is real-time ray-tracing; a graphics feature that, while having existed since the 1970s, was brought on to the scene by NVIDIA and its Turing GPU architecture in 2018. In 2020, AMD jumped on the bandwagon with the launch of its Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards and RDNA2 architecture.
That said, neither AMD nor Samsung have a proof-of-concept that showcases the upcoming RDNA2-powered Exynos chipset, and as we’ve previously reported, a tech demo showing off real-time ray-tracing on a mobile chipset does actually exist. That honour belongs to NetEase and Huawei, the latter having volunteered its own Kirin 990 SoC for the tech demo.