Samsung allegedly working on its first GPU
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Samsung's first mobile graphics processor has been in the rumor mill for a while, and most industry insiders were expecting the first chips that would use the South Korean company's GPU to come out this summer. Unfortunately, that did not happen and it looks like the first Exynos processors to use a Samsung GPU will not hit the market before 2018.
SamMobile reveals that "according to a new rumored roadmap Samsung is going to start using its own GPUs with Exynos chipsets by 2017 or 2018." The same source mentioned that Samsung is expected to use the HSA architecture for its chips, a design approach that allows the CPU and GPU to use the same bus, sharing memory and tasks as needed. The roadmap also suggests a transition - a new Exynos SoC with HSA architecture that would use a Mali GPU. This chip is expected to show up "in a year or two" and its successor will use a Samsung GPU as well. This chip, unfortunately, should come out "by 2018."
All the above should be taken as it is for now - nothing more than a rumor. Samsung still has to confirm its plans to develop an in-house GPU. We will get back to this topic as soon as we hear more about it, so stay tuned.