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Samsung announces Exynos 2200 with AMD “Xclipse” GPU



The Exynos 2200. There's an AMD GPU in there.
Enlarge / The Exynos 2200. There’s an AMD GPU in there.


The weird story of the Exynos 2200 continues. Samsung LSI’s flagship smartphone chip was presupposed to be introduced every week in the past at a broadly publicized occasion, however the day got here and went with no announcement. Samsung made the unprecedented transfer of no-showing its personal launch occasion, fueling rumors of troubled chip growth and behind-the-scenes dysfunction at Samsung.

The day after the chip was presupposed to launch, Samsung stated, “We’re planning to unveil the brand new utility processor on the time of launching a brand new Samsung smartphone,” which most watchers assumed was the Galaxy S22 launch in February. It seems that wasn’t the suitable timing for the disclosing, both, and the chip was surprise-announced final evening.

Now, the Exynos 2200 is finally official. The headline function is a brand new “Samsung Xclipse 920 GPU” that was co-developed by AMD. Samsung says the GPU makes use of AMD’s RDNA 2 structure, the identical as AMD’s Radeon desktop GPUs, and can convey “hardware-accelerated ray tracing” to cell gadgets.

David Wang, the SVP of AMD’s Radeon division, stated, “Samsung’s Xclipse GPU is the primary results of a number of deliberate generations of AMD RDNA graphics in Exynos SoCs.” Earlier reviews have indicated that Samsung is not simply eyeing smartphones however finally needs to place collectively an Apple M1-fighting ARM laptop computer chip.

The CPU is about what you’d count on from a 2022 ARM chip. The 4 nm SoC has one Cortex X2 CPU for single-threaded efficiency, three Cortex A710 cores, and 4 low-power Cortex A510 cores, identical to Qualcomm’s 2022 chip, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. These are all new ARM v9 cores, with the X2 and little cores each being 64-bit solely.

Samsung’s announcement doesn’t put to mattress any questions on a troubled growth of the Exynos 2200. The press launch and product site are each missing most of the particulars which are usually disclosed at this level. As an illustration, Samsung has not made any efficiency claims in regards to the Exynos 2200 CPU or GPU. In case you learn by the Exynos 2100 press launch from this time final 12 months, you may see claims like 30 % higher CPU multi-core efficiency and 40 % quicker graphics.

This 12 months, although, Samsung doesn’t truly promise its new chip will likely be quicker than its previous chip. That is to not say it will not be, but when the rumors are true and Samsung remains to be coping with warmth points, it is too early to decide to particular efficiency claims. Equally, the product web site for the Exynos 2200 would not listing any frequencies for the CPU or GPU, whereas the Exynos 2100 web site does.

Samsung’s flagship Exynos line is now named after the Galaxy S line, so we must always see the Exynos 2200 within the Galaxy S22. The Galaxy line often makes use of two different SoCs, although, with Qualcomm chips within the US, China, and different areas and Exynos in Europe, the Center East, Africa, and Korea. If the Exynos 2200 actually is troubled, we might see Samsung transfer the S22 extra towards Qualcomm for this technology, however we’ll have to attend for the telephone announcement to see if that is taking place.

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