After a lot of debate, rumours and tantrums, yes, finally, the Samsung Exynos 2200 mobile chipset has been announced by Samsung. Obviously, the key feature of this flagship chip is its new iGPU made by AMD, named Xclipse GPU, it uses the AMD RDNA 2 architecture.
Samsung has confirmed the use of hardware-accelerated ray tracing now on mobile devices thanks to the new AMD graphics. Samsung stated of using the latest Arm®-based CPU cores available in the market today and an upgraded neural processing unit (NPU).
Samsung says this will improve the mobile gaming experience and also the overall experience in both social media apps and photography.
“Built on the most advanced 4-nanometer (nm) EUV (extreme ultraviolet lithography) process, and combined with cutting-edge mobile, GPU and NPU technology, Samsung has crafted the Exynos 2200 to provide the finest experience for smartphone users. With the Xclipse, our new mobile GPU built with RDNA 2 graphics technology from the industry leader AMD, the Exynos 2200 will redefine mobile gaming experience, aided by enhanced graphics and AI performance,” said Yongin Park, President of System LSI Business at Samsung Electronics. “As well as bringing the best mobile experience to the users, Samsung will continue its efforts to lead the journey in logic chip innovation.”
This Xclipse GPU from Samsung will sport hardware-accelerated ray tracing (RT) and variable rate shading (VRS) that were previously only available on PCs, laptops and consoles. In addition, the Xclipse GPU comes with various technologies such as advanced multi-IP governor (AMIGO) that enhance overall performance and efficiency.
“AMD RDNA 2 graphics architecture extends power-efficient, advanced graphics solutions to PCs, laptops, consoles, automobiles and now to mobile phones. Samsung’s Xclipse GPU is the first result of multiple planned generations of AMD RDNA graphics in Exynos SoCs,” said David Wang, Senior Vice President of Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. “We can’t wait for mobile phone customers to experience the great gaming experiences based on our technology collaboration.”
The Exynos 2200, which was originally thought to be made using a 5nm process, will now use Samsung’s own 4nm EUV process. The Exynos 2200 is one of the first in the market to integrate Arm’s latest Armv9 CPU cores that are set to provide significant improvement in security and performance.
The octa-core CPU of Exynos 2200 has been split into a tri-cluster structure made up of a single powerful Arm Cortex®-X2 flagship-core, three performance and efficiency balanced Cortex-A710 big-cores and four power-efficient Cortex-A510 little-cores.
“The digital experiences of tomorrow require new levels of performance, security and efficiency,” said Rene Haas, President of IP Products Group (IPG) at Arm. “As one of the first processors to incorporate the new Armv9 CPU cores, Samsung’s Exynos 2200 takes advantage of Arm’s Total Compute strategy and key security features, like Memory Tagging Extension (MTE), to deliver the purpose-built compute and specialized processing needed to power future mobile experiences.”
Not only this, the Samsung Exynos 2200 offers more powerful on-device artificial intelligence (AI) with an upgraded NPU. This new Neural Processing Unit comes with higher precision with FP16 (16bit floating point) support in addition to power-efficient INT8 (8bit integer) and INT16.
Obviously, you have 5G support, thanks to the 3GPP Release 16 5G modem supporting both sub-6GHz and mmWave (millimeter wave) spectrum bands. Samsung says with new E-UTRAN New Radio – Dual Connectivity (EN-DC), which utilizes both 4G LTE and 5G NR signals, users can get speeds up to 10Gbps.
The ISP of the Exynos 2200 will support the latest image sensors for ultra-high resolution of up to 200 megapixels (MP). At 30fps, it will either support 108 MP in single camera mode or 64+36 MP in dual camera mode while in terms of video recording it supports up to 4K HDR (or 8K) resolution.
While in terms of display, the Exynos 2200 will support advanced display solution features like HDR10+ adding more dynamic range and depth to the picture and offers refresh rates of up to 144Hz. Samsung has also confirmed that their new chip is currently in mass production and as rumours, the first smartphone to house it will be the Galaxy S22 series.