It looks like Samsung will be following Apple and trying its luck in the laptop market with a new 5nm SoC designed in partnership with AMD. The new Exynos processor from the Korean chipmaker will be used in both its high-end smartphones as well as low-power notebooks. As per a Korean outlet, the new SoC will be released in the second half of the year. This won’t be the first arm-based processor in the Windows-centric PC market. Qualcomm has already released a few SoCs such as the Snapdragon 8cx (1st and 2nd Gen) with varying levels of success.
The new SoC will be fabbed on Samsung’s own 5nm EUV process which is next to only TSMC’s N5 process in terms of density and power efficiency. The processor will most likely feature 8 Arm Cortex-X1 (or a derivative of it) cores paired with another low-power cluster (8x A55 cores), along with an AMD RDNA-based integrated GPU which should it an edge over Apple and Qualcomm’s offerings.
The cutting-edge 5nm process and the use of Arm’s most advanced core should allow Samsung to offer a fairly competitive SoC in the budget low-power notebook market. It’ll be interesting to see if the RDNA design is the same as the one seen in AMD’s discrete graphics processors and consoles, or an adaption of it.