AMD’s New Announcement Hints Collab with Samsung

This year in 2022 May, Samsung revealed that it had developed the memory module with integrated with DDR(double data rate) supporting CXL(Computer Express Link), accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads in data centers.

This CLX-based module works faster to scale data to TB levels, reduces latency, and is energy efficient. Samsung openly collaborates with many global data centers, servers, and chipset vendors.

Now with the latest announcement of AMD’s upcoming CDNA 3 architecture and the MI300 APU, which combines CPU and GPU chips in a single product. An APU or Accelerated Processing Unit is the term given to a series of processors that act as a CPU (Central Processing Unit) and a GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) on a single chip
die (integrated circuit) or a data center APU made of CPU and GPU chipsets.

According to the local media from S.Korea, this could already be a result of AMD’s statement recently at the Financial Analyst Day that the new technology “allows a unified, coherent, shared memory across a host of external devices.” said AMD Chief Technology Officer Mark Papermaster.

It could mean that the AMD is willing to collab with Samsung or has already collaborated. As we know, Samsung has already started working with Intel, Montage Technology, Lenevo & AMD to test its CLX-based module. AMD further acknowledged the architecture would support CXL 2.0 and is extensible to CXL 3.0 standard. Samsung also plans to launch an updated version of its open-source Scalable Memory Development Kit (SMDK). This Toolkit will allow CXL memory expander to work seamlessly in unknown/different/varying systems — enabling system developers to incorporate CXL memory into various IT systems running AI, big data, and cloud applications without having to modify existing application environments. Samsung will launch the Samsung memory research cloud (SMRC) for customers and its partners to test the CXL hardware innovation.

It could mean that AMD is willing to work with companies other than their homogeneous system, in this case, Samsung. Not only Samsung but other companies in the computing business are also likely to approach AMD after this statement.
That means that Samsung’s 512GB CXL Memory Expander will probably be supported by AMD processors, specifically for the data center.

Also, recently Samsung announced a $356 billion investment pledge for the chip, bio, and IT sector over the next five years, of which 80 percent will go to facility and R&D investment.

However, Samsung has not accepted declaring any of its future roadmap for collaborations.