Wait what?! Did I just read that headline right? Yep – you did. AMD and Samsung have inked a deal to bring Radeon technology to mobile devices including smartphones.
The partnership comes on the heels of AMD’s recent announcement of RDNA which CEO Dr Lisa Su claims, “will power the next decade of gaming” at Computex. AMD’s RDNA technology, which will power it’s next generation of GPUs, was touted as highly scalable and adaptable during their Computex press conference. The new RDNA microarchitecture allows AMD’s graphics solutions to be more power efficient and perform better than the previous generation of graphics processors. This is largely thanks to better, cutting edge caching and more efficient optimisations made to the compute units in the graphics processors.
The partnership between the AMD and Samsung also opens up a totally new niche to AMD. Having a collaborator such as Samsung may give the company the upper hand when it comes to developing their technologies for mobile. AMD may even be able to gain more traction than the NVIDIA Tegra platform.
Based on what we know about the partnership, Samsung will be paying royalties to AMD. The royalties come in addition to licensing fees that will allow Samsung to develop based AMD’s RDNA technology for mobile applications including smartphones. The agreement applies to other products will complement AMD’s product offerings as well.
That said, the current deal with Samsung will see big blue possibly move away from ARM’s proprietary GPUs which have been one of the only in the smartphone market. However, from what we can gather, the partnership is – for now – to develop graphics technologies based on AMD’s Radeon graphics technology (RDNA) for mobile applications which include smartphones. According to our sources, this doesn’t include commercial products just yet – but we’re optimistic that we might see a Galaxy S smartphone with Radeon graphics in the near future.