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Samsung said to be working on its own GPU - how far can they get?

Making GPUs is no easy feat. It takes years of work, talent, experience and extensive research. This is why not many make these, but Samsung may join soon.
September 16, 2014

Manufacturing GPUs takes massive amounts of talent, research, testing, experience and time. It is really an exhausting market, which is why very few companies embark in the quest to build these. Good GPUs are pivotal for a good experience, which means other manufacturers have to pay licensing fees and use one of these few companies’ video cards.

If the latest reports are to be believed, Samsung could be breaking itself away from this chain and making its very own graphics cards. They have been working on this for years, according to information given by “Silicon Valley and insiders.” The company has also been hiring talent from NVIDIA, AMD and Intel along the way.

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The main question here is whether Samsung will be able to become successful in GPU manufacturing. They are (arguably) good with hardware, software and CPUs, but those are completely different worlds compared to graphics cards.

We can assume nothing significant will come soon, but we may very well see Samsung devices with Samsung GPUs coming to the market at some point in the near future. Even if not the best, it would be a significant jump for the mid-range smartphone/tablet market.

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Licensing fees can be expensive, not to mention manufacturing hardware in-house will often save large companies money in the long run. Samsung would then be able to transfer at least part of those savings to consumers.

It would also be a great move to avoid lawsuits, like the one NVIDIA has initiated against Samsung and Qualcomm due to GPU patent infringement (which is ultimately Qualcomm’s fault). There is a plethora of reasons why Samsung would want to make its own component. They must make them right, though.

Samsung is a giant in tech, so they may have the resources to get it all worked out. But please do remember not to get your hopes too high. These are still rumors and should be taken with a grain of salt.