Samsung Exynos 2200 presented: The first smartphone CPU with new AMD graphics

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The Exynos 2200 uses a revamped ARMv9 CPU paired with AMD’s most economical RDNA 2 GPU to date – dubbed the Xclipse.

Samsung has now presented the system-on-chip (SoC) Exynos 2200 for its next generation of smartphones. Instead of the well-announced event, there is a message including a product page. The mobile processor does not have to hide from the competition on paper.

In 2022, Samsung will also be using the renewed ARMv9 CPU instruction set for the first time with a combination of three different core types: a particularly fast Cortex-X2 from ARM’s processor kit , three Cortex-A710 as additional performance cores and four efficient Cortex-A510. Qualcomm uses the same configuration for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and MediaTek for the Dimensity 9000 . Samsung also shares its own manufacturing technology with 4-nanometer structures with the Qualcomm model. MediaTek, on the other hand, relies on TSMC’s 4 nm process.

The Geekbench benchmark database contains alleged preliminary results that are supposed to give a glimpse of the Exynos 2200 ‘s CPU performance . The SoC is therefore hidden behind the cryptic name “s5e9925” – the SM-S908B is said to be the upcoming Galaxy S22. With 1109 points in the single-threading test and 3534 points in the multi-threading test, Samsung is again slightly behind the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (about 1240/3840 points).

Radeon GPU

However, the focus of the Exynos 2200 is the unusual graphics unit, whose RDNA 2 architecture Samsung licensed from AMD. So far, this has only been used with the Radeon graphics cards of the RX 6000 series and the SoCs of the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X and S. Notebooks with the new Rembrandt combo processors (Zen 3 + RDNA 2) will appear in the coming months.

Samsung’s announcement now talks about the “ultimate smartphone gaming experience” . The company calls the GPU Xclipse 920, but without going into its specifications. Only in terms of the range of functions is it emphasized that the graphics unit can accelerate ray tracing graphics effects and can handle variable rate shading (VRS). VRS increases the frame rate in games by combining multiple pixels into blocks on simple surfaces and calculating the color gradations together.

There is currently no information on the number of shader cores, the clock frequencies and the width of the LPDDR5 memory interface. Rumor has it that Samsung has problems with the GPU of the Exynos 2200 reaching the targeted clock frequencies of around 2 GHz with acceptable heat development.

Everything improved

Other improvements to the Exynos 2200 include a souped-up image processor and a more powerful Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which, in addition to INT16 and INT8, now also handles the FP16 data format for executing fully trained neural networks. The integrated codec block decodes and encodes videos in 8K resolution with H.265 (HEVC) and VP9. With AV1, the SoC can only decode, such as high-resolution YouTube videos. Samsung integrates a fast 5G modem directly into the SoC.

According to Samsung, the Exynos 2200 is in mass production. The manufacturer does not write in which devices it will sit – you cannot pin it down to the Galaxy S22. If the heat development is too strong, a focus on ARM notebooks would also be conceivable.