Samsung Exynos 2200 SoC features Xclipse 920 GPU with AMD RDNA 2 architecture

Samsung has just unveiled the Exynos 2200 Armv9 SoC equipped with Samsung Xplipse 920 GPU based on AMD RDNA architecture and promising console quality graphics on mobile devices.

Manufactured with a 4nm process, the octa-core processor also features Arm Cortex-X2, Cortex-A710, and Cortex-A510 cores, a 5G modem for up to 7.35 Gbps downlink, 8K video encoding and decoding, as well as support for LPDDR5 memory and UFS 3.1 storage.

Samsung Exynos 2200

Exynos 2200 specifications:

  • CPU
    • 1x Arm Cortex-X2
    • 3x Arm Cortex-A710
    • 4x Arm Cortex-A510
  • GPU – Samsung Xclipse 920 GPU built with AMD RDNA 2 technology enabling hardware-accelerated ray tracing (RT) and variable rate shading (VRS), a first on mobile according to Samsung
  • VPU
    • Video decode – 8Kp60 10-bit HEVC (H.265), 8Kp30 10-bit VP9, AV1
    • Video encode – 8Kp30 10-bit HEVC(H.265), VP9
  • AI – AI Engine with Dual-core NPU and DSP up to 52 TOPS (TBC)
  • Memory – LPDDR5
  • Storage – UFS 3.1
  • Display – 4K/WQUXGA @ 120Hz, QHD+ @ 144Hz
  • Camera – up to 200MP in single camera mode, Single-camera 108MP @ 30fps, Dual-camera 64MP+ 32MP @ 30fps
  • Modem
    • 5G NR Sub-6GHz 5.1Gbps (DL) / 2.55 Gbps (UL)
    • 5G NR mmWave 7.35Gbps (DL) / 3.67 Gbps (UL)
    • 4G LTE Cat.24 8CA 3Gbps (DL) / Cat.22 4CA 422Mbps (UL)
  • GNSS – GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
  • Security – Secure Element (iSE) to store private cryptographic keys
  • Process – 4nm EUV (extreme ultraviolet lithography) process

Samsung goes into more detail about the exclusive features of the Xclipse 920 GPU:

Ray tracing is a revolutionary technology that closely simulates how light physically behaves in the real world. By calculating the movement and the color characteristic of light rays as they bounce off the surface, ray tracing produces realistic lighting effects for graphically rendered scenes. To offer the most immersive graphics and user experiences even on mobile, Samsung has collaborated with AMD to realize the industry’s first ever hardware-accelerated ray tracing on mobile GPU.

Variable rate shading is a technique that optimizes GPU workload by allowing developers to apply lower shading rate in areas where overall quality will not be affected. This gives GPU more room to work on areas that matter most to the gamers and improve frame-rate for smoother gameplay.

The press release further claims the NPU’s performance has doubled compared to its “predecessor”, and since Exynos 2100 delivered up to 26 TOPS, the upgraded NPU might handle up to 52 TOPS, unless Samsung’s marketing department is using new metrics to evaluate AI performance. It’s not impossible, since we are told “the NPU now offers much higher precision with FP16 (16-bit floating point) support in addition to power-efficient INT8 (8-bit integer) and INT16”. The announcement avoids talking about the usual CPU and CPU performance improvements compared to Exynos 2100. That’s especially odd/suspicious since Exynos 2200 is currently in mass production, and a Samsung smartphone should follow suit shortly. There have been some leaks with various results and some disappointing numbers, but Samsung denied any performance issues, so let’s wait and see.

More details may be found on the product page.

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