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AMD teams with Samsung for graphics IP and patent license

Whatever the hell just happened with AMD and Samsung, it's huge

By Anthony Garreffa from Jun 3, 2019 @ 22:28 CDT

AMD has just inked a new deal with Samsung where the two companies are entering a new multi-year strategic partnership with the smartphone giant gaining access to AMD's large range of patents and IP in video and graphics accelerators.

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Samsung's own LSI division, the part of the company that handles chip design and fabrication is contracting with AMD to use its new Navi-based RDNA architecture to build its future mobile GPUs for next-gen smartphones and other mobile devices. The companies didn't go into depth about what this relationship will entail when it comes to the future of mobile GPUs, but this is seriously exciting news.

It means that Radeon technology, and possibly even the Navi GPU architecture, is scalable enough to go right down into mobile with this new RDNA architecture. As well as up into Radeon RX 5700 series and hopefully even higher with next-gen Navi in 2020 and beyond.

What most won't see is that Samsung could have finally realized it is better off going to a company with extensive knowledge of GPUs and a strong list of IP and patents, especially considering AMD technology in both CPU and GPU forms power the next-gen Xbox and PlayStation 5 consoles.

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