In addition to lots of news about upcoming products at its virtual Computex 2021 keynote, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su also confirmed two rumours that have been circulating for a while regarding partnerships with Samsung and Tesla.
AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics architecture will be used in the next flagship Exynos SoC from Samsung, and its Ryzen APUs as well as Radeon GPUs will power the infotainment systems of the next Tesla Model S and Model X revisions.
No in-depth details of either of these partnerships were disclosed, as the respective companies will make their own product announcements soon. Samsung and AMD announced a partnership in June 2019, which would see the Korean giant license AMD’s Radeon graphics IP to Samsung for future Exynos processors.
Just a few months later, Samsung said the first Exynos SoC with Radeon graphics could be released as soon as 2021, and it appears that the partnership is more or less on target. On stage at the virtual Computex 2021 keynote, Su announced that Samsung’s next flagship Exynos smartphone processor will feature custom Radeon RDNA 2-based graphics IP and will support ray tracing as well as variable rate shading.
Samsung will talk about the processor in more detail later this year. When it comes to flagship phones, Samsung often uses a mix of its own Exynos SoCs and other options such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips for the same model in different parts of the world, so it will be interesting to see which models will be getting the high-end integrated graphics capabilities.