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THE INVESTOR
June 19, 2019
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Samsung

Samsung, AMD to work together to build graphics chips

  • PUBLISHED :June 04, 2019 - 13:51
  • UPDATED :June 04, 2019 - 14:02
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Tech giant Samsung Electronics said June 4 that it has inked a partnership with graphics processing unit firm AMD for mobile graphics chips -- the latest move to enhance its capability in the non-memory chip sector.

Samsung said it would combine its chip manufacturing technology with AMD’s intellectual properties to bring ultra-low power, high performance mobile graphics chips to the mobile realm.




The announcement came after Samsung, the largest memory chipmaker in the world, said it would try to become the dominant player in the system-on-chips market.

“As we prepare for disruptive changes in technology and discover new opportunities, our partnership with AMD will allow us to bring groundbreaking graphics products and solutions to market for tomorrow’s mobile applications,” said Kang In-yup, president of Samsung’s system LSI division.

AMD has been mainly focused on building chips for laptops and PCs, competing with Intel in the CPU sector and Qualcomm in the GPU segment while Samsung has been working with US GPU giant Nvidia for mobile graphics chips for years.

The latest partnership is thought to be in line with Samsung’s efforts to lean itself off its long-time business partner Nvidia to diversify its supply channels. The two companies clashed in court over a patent issue in 2014.

The South Korean firm’s projects to build its own GPUs for mobile devices are also said to be underway.

For AMD, a so-called fabless company that does not own a manufacturing facility, Samsung is a necessary partner as it is considered to be the front-runner with the industry’s finest 3-nanometer chip technology.

Thanks to its highly efficient computing power, a GPU plays a key role in improving graphic performance and operating artificial intelligence and blockchain solutions.

By Kim Young-won (wone0102@heraldcorp.com)

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