Samsung goes head-to-head with Apple and Qualcomm through its proprietary graphics chip.

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According to a reliable source, Samsung is working on producing a dedicated graphics processor for smartphones.

Thanks to their collaboration with AMD, Samsung has been able to create the Xclipse 920 graphics processor for the Exynos 2200 system-on-chip. It seems that the Koreans have decided to create a custom graphics processor. We have already seen this approach taken by companies like Apple and Qualcomm.

The Xclipse 920 graphics chip is based on AMD’s RDNA2 microarchitecture. According to Wccftech, Samsung will use the same architecture to create a custom graphics chip. This means that the new graphics chip will not be entirely customized. In fact, Samsung still needs AMD’s help to create a new IP. For years, Samsung has used ARM Mali architecture to build graphics processors.

One notable feature of the Xclipse 920 is its ability to process Ray Tracing-based operations. Thanks to AMD’s architecture, the Xclipse 920 is even more powerful than the latest flagship from Qualcomm when it comes to Ray Tracing processing.

It is likely that Samsung’s dedicated graphics processor will not arrive for up to three years. Until then, companies like Apple and Qualcomm can create much more powerful graphics than current models.

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