The collaboration between Samsung and AMD promises to bring great results, with the possibility that the RDNA graphic architecture reaches the mass audience along with Samsung’s Exynos chips in the portable devices of the future. When Nintendo is encouraged to launch the (or “the”) new model of Switch, it is likely to continue to maintain the concept of hybrid home and portable console. It is expected that it continues to depend on Nvidia to manufacture the chips of the new console, but we must take into account the few resources devoted by the green in development of ARM products (such as the Tegra X1 chip that is inside the Switch) for And that could limit its ability to offer something new generation.
As indicated by Overclock3D, the latest update of the Nvidia Tablet Shield line was the Tegra K1, with a graphical unit of the Kepler family. , while the Shield TVs have not been updated since the Tegra X1 architecture Maxwell. If Nintendo wants to create a more powerful switch, with new generation entrails, it will need a new SoC that Nvidia can not offer today, and that’s where the collaboration between Samsung and AMD would come in.
It’s possible that AMD, alone, has manufactured ARM chips in the past, but never with the mobile / portable market in mind, and although the new Zen 2 family promises levels of performance and energy efficiency unparalleled, what works in the mobile section are the ARM processors. Samsung could fill that gap with its experience and technical advantage. We do not know how Navi would work in a semi-portable console, but seeing the more backward position of Nvidia with respect to the development of chips for consoles, Samsung and AMD seem to be at the best point to take the step with their chip for Nintendo. While it is true that Nintendo still has not said anything about a possible successor to the Switch, of course …