Samsung Accelerates Its Mobile GPU Developments, Hires Former AI Expert
According to reports, Samsung has recruited a Chinese AI chip specialist to lead the development of its GPU and establish a dedicated team to work on it. Jiao Yang, formerly the head of AI chips at China’s Li Auto, has joined the firm as a senior member of its GPU team, where he will be in charge of strategic planning and the recruitment of new team members.
Formerly of Ideal Auto, Jiao Yang oversaw the company’s research and development division. Jiao Yang led Alibaba Dharma Academy’s semiconductor technology division before he joined Li Auto. In addition to Jiao Yang, a Chinese chip specialist named Jiao Guofang, co-founder of GPU startup Biren Technology, who recently departed from the firm due to internal rifts, has apparently been in communication with Samsung.
These recruitments are an effort made by Samsung to enhance its mobile GPU division due bridge the large gap between Qualcomm-based Adreno GPUs. The purpose of Samsung’s accelerated self-developed GPU, as speculated by industry experts, is to lessen the company’s reliance on Qualcomm and ARM and to create distinct competitiveness.
If the partnership between Samsung and AMD pans out, it will revolutionize the mobile GPU environment and further toughen the competition with Apple and Qualcomm.