In arrivo una nuova linea di laptop Galaxy Book, ma non avrà più il processore Qualcomm Snapdragon 8CX: Samsung farà tutto in casa.
Dalla Corea arriva una notizia che, se dovesse trovare conferma, sarebbe clamorosa: Samsung e AMD stanno preparando una CPU, o meglio una APU, destinato ai laptop con sistema operativo Windows. Samsung ci metterebbe i core della CPU, AMD ci metterebbe la GPU per la grafica e il primo prodotto a usare questo chip sarà un Galaxy Book.
Lo riporta l’edizione coreana dell’autorevole ZDNet, citando una non meglio precisati fornitori di Samsung secondo i quali questo nuovo processore, che sarà basato su architettura ARM come quelli di Qualcomm (che andrà a sfidare) arriverà prestissimo: il 24 giugno. Già nel 2018 Samsung aveva lanciato una linea di tre laptop Galaxy Book con processore ARM e sistema Windows, ma erano basati su processore Qualcomm Snapdragon 8CX. This time, however, the processor will be similar to the Exynos used by Samsung in smartphones and, for this reason, the new Galaxy Book would already be renamed "Exynos PC".
New Samsung-AMD processor: how it is made
The information about this new SoC intended for laptop PCs, as you can easily guess, is very scarce. According to sources quoted by ZDNet Korea Samsung is doing almost everything in house, using for this APU (Accelerated Processing Unit, i.e. the union of a CPU and a GPU in a single processor) the cores used for the Exynos smartphone adding the GPU of AMD to fill the gap in graphics performance still existing compared to the products of Qualcomm.
The future Exynos-based GalaxyBook will also have a Samsung-made screen, battery, memory and SSD drive and, as a result, it would be an almost 100 percent product made by the Korean giant. And therefore, probably, it will be optimized to perfection, just like the new MacBook M1 that will certainly go to challenge.
The assault on Intel and Qualcomm
If these news were to prove correct, it would be a double blow delivered by Samsung and AMD to Intel and Qualcomm. The first one has already had to bear the farewell of Apple, that by now builds at home its M1 chips (also based on ARM architecture).
The second one at the moment is sailing in very good waters, because with its Snapdragon 888 it dominates the market of top of range smartphones and, at the moment, it is the only one to produce ARM SoC for Windows PCs.
To toast, however, is actually ARM that doesn't produce anything else but the technology (and the patents) used by all these producers. ARM, we recall, was bought last year by Nvidia for the astronomical sum of $40 billion.