A job posting on LinkedIn mentions that the flagship GPUs will power its affordable smartphones and the nextgen GPUs will be developed for projects related to autonomous driving and machine learning.
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Whether it is displays or the chipsets that power its smartphones, Samsung has been one of the front-runners that has developed its own components to compete in the crowded market. While almost all the smartphone manufacturers depend on other SoC-makers like Qualcomm and Intel, Samsung has developed its own Exynos line-up to compete with these companies. A recent job posting on LinkedIn suggests that Samsung is hunting for professionals to develop GPU for its Exynos chips in-house.
One Veronica Smith, whose intro on LinkedIn says that she is a “Recruiting Partner at Samsung Semiconductor SARC”, posted a job titled “WE ARE HIRING Engineers for GPU Endeavors.”
“Come shape the history of the digital revolution and make your contribution the future of the mobile world. If you are interested in a quick discussion; you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you’d like to be working on. Samsung may be the place for you,” the posting siad.
The flagship GPUs will populate lower tier mobile devices, that is, affordable smartphones. The “nextgen GPUs embrace evolving markets like autonomous driving and the power of machine/deep learning computations. This is Samsung’s proprietary IP. We will define the ISA, the architecture, the SW, the entire solution. Not many companies can claim this - We can”, the posting further said.
Currently, Samsung uses ARM’s Mali graphics cores with its exynos line-up (and with Qualcomm SoC-powered device in the US). According to a report, Samsung was earlier in talks with both AMD and Nvidia to convince them to develop GPU technologies for its exynos processors. But the posting implies the plans didn’t go as the South Korean giant had expected and now it will manufacture its own GPU units.
Recently, a report claimed that Samsung may be planning to give other OEMs access to its Exynos chipsets. The company was in talks with a number of smartphone manufacturers, including ZTE.
In March, Samsung announced Exynos 9610 mid-range processor with 480fps slow-motion support. The Octa-core Exynos 9610 SoC is made using a 10nm architecture and comes with advanced image processing and depth sensing algorithms. Samsung says the SoC is expected to be mass produced in the latter half of 2018.
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