Samsung partners with AMD for FreeSync UHD monitors

November 21, 2014 // 12 p.m.

Tags: #active-sync #adaptive-refresh #amd #display #freesync #g-sync #monitor #nvidia #radeon #samsung #ultra-hd

AMD has announced that it has partnered with Samsung to launch Ultra HD (4K) monitors featuring the company's FreeSync technology in 2015, with plans to eventually include the feature in Samsung's entire Ultra HD product line.

Announced back in January as an open alternative to Nvidia's proprietary G-Sync technology, FreeSync allows display panels to alter their refresh rate to match that of the content being displayed. For gamers, it promises an end to tearing; for mobile users, potential battery savings - as evidence by the Video Electronic Standards Association (VESA) adopting a variant of FreeSync specifically for laptop devices before making it a part of the DisplayPort 1.2a standard in May this year.

While AMD has signed partnerships with scaler makers, it has been quiet about adoption of FreeSync by display manufacturers themselves - until now. At the company's Future of Compute event, AMD and Samsung jointly announced that four FreeSync-enabled displays will be hitting the market in 2015: the Samsung UD590 in 23.6" and 28" variants, and the UE850 in 23.6" and 27" variants. Further, Samsung plans to make FreeSync a standard feature of all its future Ultra HD displays.

'We are very pleased to adopt AMD FreeSync technology to our 2015 Samsung Electronics Visual Display division’s UHD monitor roadmap, which fully supports open standards,' crowed Joe Chan, Samsung Electronics Southeast Asia division's vice president, at the event. 'With this technology, we believe users including gamers will be able to enjoy their videos and games to be played with smoother frame display without stuttering or tearing on their monitors.'

The four monitors are to launch in March 2015, Samsung has confirmed, with pricing yet to be announced.

At the same event, AMD itself announced the addition of the high-performance Carrizo and mainstream Carrizo-L accelerated processing units (APUs) to its roadmap, looking to launch mobile devices based around the new chips in the first half of 2015.
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