For long, ARM has been providing it’s Mali graphics processors to Samsung which it then uses with its Exynos processors. It’s not a new relationship by any means but today Samsung signed an agreement which is going to solidify it even further. The long-term agreement signed between Samsung and ARM today covers the latter’s Mali GPUs which include the Mali T820/830/860 as well as the recently announced Mali T880 and all future Mali GPUs.
The most recent example of the collaboration between these two companies is the Galaxy S6, which is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7420 processor that includes ARM’s Mali-T760 MP8 graphics processor.
Multiple benchmarks results have shown that this combination is quite powerful and capable of holding its own against the competition, it’s no wonder that Samsung sees it fit to continue this relationship with ARM.
ARM’s GPU technology has already proven itself, Mali is the most popular licensable GPU IP in the world, with the company’s partners shipping more than 550 million SoCs with Mali onboard just last year.
There have been rumors in the past that Samsung might be working to develop its own graphics processor, but it’s unclear at this point in time when the company will come out with one. Perhaps it might even take ARMs help to achieve that goal.