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Samsung announces first smartphone chip with AMD ray tracing GPU

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Samsung has introduced the Exynos 2200, its new in-house cellular processor for smartphones. It’s the primary cellular system-on-a-chip to incorporate a GPU with AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics structure, enabling options like hardware-accelerated ray tracing.

The collaboration with AMD has been lengthy within the making. The 2 firms first announced a licensing deal in 2019, then AMD confirmed final yr that Samsung’s “subsequent flagship cellular SoC” would use RDNA 2. Samsung not too long ago teased an announcement occasion for the Exynos 2200 that was imagined to happen on January eleventh, however it was mysteriously delayed.

The Exynos 2200 is manufactured on Samsung’s 4nm EUV course of. Samsung is branding this GPU as “Xclipse,” and AMD’s SVP of Radeon GPU tech David Wang says in a statement that it’s “the primary results of a number of deliberate generations of AMD RDNA graphics in Exynos SoCs.”

On the CPU aspect, the Exynoss 2200 makes use of Armv9 cores: one high-powered Cortex-X2 “flagship core,” three Cortex-A710 cores for balanced efficiency, and 4 extra environment friendly Cortex-A510 cores. There’s additionally an upgraded NPU that Samsung says presents twice the efficiency of its predecessor, and the ISP structure is designed to help digicam sensors of as much as 200 megapixels, certainly one of which Samsung announced final yr.

Samsung’s highest finish Exynos chips normally make their means into the corporate’s flagship Galaxy S telephone sequence, though fashions bought within the US and sure different markets use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs. Different telephone makers like Vivo often use Exynos chips in their very own units, however we’ll probably have to attend till the presumptive Galaxy S22 is in our arms to seek out out if AMD’s know-how interprets right into a significant leap ahead in cellular GPU efficiency.

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