22 April 2022
Samsung has officially announced Exynos 2200, its next-gen flagship processor. It is a surprising announcement as the company was reported last week to showcase it alongside the new smartphone launch. It is the first smartphone chipset by Samsung in collaboration with AMD GPUs, something that was first talked about over two years ago.
The biggest highlight of Exynos 2200 is its Xclipse GPU based on AMD's RDNA 2 architecture. Samsung is hoping to redefine the mobile gaming experience with the new GPU. It is claimed to deliver graphics features like hardware-accelerated ray tracing (RT) and variable rate shading (VRS). These features are commonly seen in PC and console games but are coming to a smartphone for the first time.
- Ray tracing: It is a technology that simulates the behavior of light in the real world.
- Variable rate shading: It allows developers to apply lower shading rates in areas where overall quality will not be affected and optimize GPU workload.
The processor is based on a 4nm process and has a tri-cluster structure featuring a Cortex-X2 flagship core, three Cortex-A710 performance cores, and four Cortex-A510 power-efficient cores. There is a new NPU claimed to deliver double the performance of the predecessor. It boasts a 3GPP Release 16 5G modem that supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands. It will compete with Qualcomm's Snap 8 Gen 1 processor in the battle for the best Android flagship chipset.
Exynos 2200 has an improved ISP capable of supporting up to 200-megapixel sensors. It can be used to shoot videos in 4K resolution at 120fps or 8K videos at 30fps. It will be compatible with display panels up to 144Hz refresh rate and support HDR10+ content. Samsung says that the processor is under mass production but did not mention availability details. However, it will likely debut with the Galaxy S22 series next month.
Yongin Park, President of System LSI Business at Samsung Electronics said:
“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. As well as bringing the best mobile experience to the users, Samsung will continue its efforts to lead the journey in logic chip innovation.”