In addition to a lot of news about upcoming products in his virtual Computex 2021 keynote speech, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su also confirmed that two rumors about cooperating with Samsung and Tesla have been circulating for some time. AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics architecture will be used in Samsung’s next-generation flagship Exynos SoC, and its Ryzen APU and Radeon GPU will power the next-generation Tesla Model S and Model X versions of the infotainment system. No in-depth details of these partnerships were disclosed, as the respective companies will soon release their own product announcements.
Samsung and AMD announced a partnership in June 2019. The Korean giant will license AMD’s Radeon graphics IP to Samsung for use in future Exynos processors. Just a few months later, Samsung said that the first Exynos SoC with Radeon graphics might be released in 2021. It seems that the partnership between the two parties is more or less purposeful.
On the stage of the virtual Computex 2021 keynote speech, Su announced that Samsung’s next-generation flagship Exynos smartphone processor will use custom graphics IP based on Radeon RDNA 2, and will support ray tracing and variable rate shading. Samsung will discuss the processor in more detail later this year. In terms of flagship phones, Samsung often mixes its own Exynos SoC with other options (such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip) for the same model in different parts of the world, so it will be interesting to see which models will become more and more popular-end integration Graphics function.
The upcoming Exynos SoC may also be used in products other than smart phones. Although tablets are clearly another market, there are rumors that Samsung intends to launch laptops running Windows on Arm. This may allow it to compete with Apple, which has already begun the transition to an internal Arm-based processor with its own graphics IP.
Since the American electric car manufacturer announced the redesigned Model S and Model X earlier this year, cooperation with Tesla has also been rumored to provide sufficient graphics processing power for high-end in-car games. The embedded Ryzen APU powers the dashboard infotainment system of the new luxury Tesla car, and the additional RDNA 2-based discrete GPU will allow users to run AAA games.
Both models are equipped with large dashboard touch screens and rear passenger screens, and Tesla said that compatibility with wireless controllers will allow gaming in any seat.The mockup image shows the cover art of “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” and Tesla CEO Elon Musk Tweet At that time, Cyberpunk 2077 could also run on the system. It is not clear which game developers will support this new platform, or even what software the platform runs on.
In her keynote speech, Su pointed out that GPU can provide graphics throughput of up to 10 Teraflops, which is roughly the same as Game console 5, But did not disclose any specifications. AMD already has a strong partner ecosystem that uses its graphics IP, the most famous being Sony and Microsoft’s past and current generations of PlayStation and Xbox game consoles.