Samsung could soon reveal its own mobile GPU

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The chip is said to feature a “novel architecture" that would give it a wide number of applications, allowing it to be used in devices ranging from smartphones to supercomputers. Jon Peddie, principal of Jon Peddie Research, noted that it would be the first new GPU design in a decade.

According to Graphic Speak, the SGPU is reported to enable “very high resolution dynamic display capability,” low-power VR systems, and a new level of performance per watt. The results are achieved thanks to its SIMD architecture bundling multiple instructions into a group that can be executed in a single cycle, avoiding the use of Very Long Instruction Word (VLIW) techniques.

The SGPU is expected to debut in a Samsung Exynos SoC, though we still don’t know if Samsung will keep the design in-house for its own brands or license it to other companies.

Samsung hasn’t confirmed the report, but it never denied the chip's existence, either. Last year, the company hired Dr. Chien-Ping Lu, a veteran of the GPU industry who worked on Nvidia’s nForce chipset, to lead the SGPU team.

There have been suggestions that the GPU could become part of the Galaxy S10, but with the handset not that far away, it's more likely to debut in another Samsung device. Assuming the report is accurate, the SGPU could shake up the market and give the likes of Apple and Qualcomm something to worry about.

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TechEnthusiast

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Wow slow down there,you made the assumption that because the galaxy s10 will be unveiled really soon (January-February) it won't feature the new gpu? You are rushing to come to a conclusion even before hearing officially about the Exynos 9820 chipset from Samsung themselves. The good news is that we won't learn anything about the specs and features of the exynos 9820 until Samsung formally announces the chipset in October like it does with its new chipsets almost this same time every year. So who knows, it just might end on the exynos 9820 chipset and be featured on a high end Samsung galaxy phone early next year. So don't rush to reach a conclusion before hearing anything about the chipset itself.
 

Jon Tseng

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Wow slow down there,you made the assumption that because the galaxy s10 will be unveiled really soon (January-February) it won't feature the new gpu? You are rushing to come to a conclusion even before hearing officially about the Exynos 9820 chipset from Samsung themselves. The good news is that we won't learn anything about the specs and features of the exynos 9820 until Samsung formally announces the chipset in October like it does with its new chipsets almost this same time every year. So who knows, it just might end on the exynos 9820 chipset and be featured on a high end Samsung galaxy phone early next year. So don't rush to reach a conclusion before hearing anything about the chipset itself.
Don't think he's particularly rushing to conclusions. If you think the Exynos 9820 is unveiling in Oct then the design would have to be have been locked down already to get it taped out and to get risk silicon back from the fab.

Chien-Ping Lu only joined Samsung in Sep17 (per his linkedin). No way you can design a fresh GPU architecture from scratch and get it implemented into a high-volume SoC in 9 months. Sorry just not going to happen.
 
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TechEnthusiast

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Well to be frank,leaks regarding the fact that Samsung was designing its own gpu started nearly 3 years ago,the first one dating all the way back to 2015,so assuming that the leaks were indeed spot on,then the SGPU has been in r&d since well before CP's induction in the company. So I'm assuming that the design of the gpu was about 75% complete when he joined the team about a year ago. The design might even be close to been finished,if it has not been already finished.
 
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We still have a long while before the exynos 9820 goes official,so we'll have to wait and see if the sgpu ends up in the chipset itself
 

Abraka

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Samsung? Is that the company with the highest percent of faulty devices in the world? Which is now opening a factory in India, I guess to increase that percentage to 50%. That company is making their own GPU? I wouldn't lose sleep over that.