Samsung is looking to be more involved in the manufacture of system on a chip (SoC) for its devices as rumors have surfaced regarding an in-house GPU.
Samsung has already waded into the smartphone component market with its own Exynos SoC’s, employed in many international variants of its flagships. However, competition is intense in the SoC market especially with household name Qualcomm dominating the market with its steady pipeline of new tech being pumped out very frequently. Although the layout of the Exynos SoC is by Samsung, most of the sub-components are obtained off the shelf from competitors. Currently, most Samsung Exynos-based devices employ the ARM designed Mali GPU’s, not exactly a desirable trait as they fall short of Qualcomm’s Adreno GPU.
Thus, to eliminate a shortcoming in their devices and to be more independent in SoC manufacture, Samsung has decided to manufacture its own GPU. No details surrounding the technical specifications of this SoC has been released but according to sources in Korea, the custom GPU will launch by the middle of next year. In fact, some rumors even suggest that the new GPU will be incorporated into the upcoming phablet, the Galaxy Note 5.
As there is not much to go on about Samsung’s new custom-made GPU, it is better to first wait for some leaked benchmarks or specifications before we pass judgement. What we can say is that it’s good to see Samsung taking a bold stance in the highly competitive SoC market and who knows, they might even surprise us all.