Samsung finally presents its new SoC Exynos
After some flashbacks to the original January 11 launch, Samsung has announced its latest Exynos System-on-Chip (SoC). The Exynos 2200 should have been announced a week ago but the announcement has been pushed back to today to coincide with the launch of the S22. This is according to a Samsung official who spoke to GSM Arena.
This has led to speculation circulating that perhaps the new S22 range, yet to be announced, would feature Snapdragon SoCs. Historically, only models marketed in the United States were equipped with SoC Snapdragon. The rest of the world, including South Africa, received devices with Samsung’s generally less capable Exynos chips. But things could be different this year.
The Exynos 2200 with the Samsung Xclipse 920 GPU
Samsung’s latest SoC is the first to benefit from the partnership with AMD in the form of AMD’s RDNA 2 GPU architecture. This is the same architecture you’ll find in AMD’s RX 6000-series desktop GPUs, Xbox Series S and X, and the PS5 (which is still facing stock shortages). This makes it the first smartphone SoC to support hardware accelerated ray tracing and how Samsung can say it brings console quality to smartphones, no lie.
If you feel out of the loop, ray tracing is a rendering technique that simulates and tracks every ray of light produced by a light source. It then algorithmically predicts how those rays interact with the objects they strike and reflect.
Now we just have to wait for developers to include the technology in games. Ray-trac candy Crush gonna look amazing.
The rest of the system
Although the new GPU technology is the biggest novelty of the new chipset, it still has the other elements that have hopefully been improved as well. For the processor, Samsung has switched to the new ARMv9 architecture and new processor layout. It includes a lightning-fast Cortex-X2 main core, three Cortex-A710 performance cores, and four Cortex-A510 efficiency cores for a total of eight.
Samsung hasn’t said exactly how fast these cores can go. Better to wait for third-party benchmarks anyway.
The Exynos 2200 will also feature an NPU to do the heavy lifting of AI and ML (machine learning) and an integrated security element (iSE) to keep things securely locked away from prying eyes.
For connectivity, the new SoC will support both sub-6GHz and the faster mmWave flavors of 5G.
Samsung’s latest chip also incorporates an improved Image Signal Processor (ISP). This one will support camera resolutions up to 200MP, now we are just someone to make such a big sensor. For video recording and playback, the Exynos 2200 supports quite large numbers. You can shoot 4K HDR content at 120fps or 8K at 30fps with this chip or watch 4K 240fps or 8K 60fps content.
According to the Korean technology manufacturer, this chip has entered mass production. But it also said it will release this chip when the new handsets are announced. The chip is here, but there’s no word yet on the company’s S22 devices. It looks like we’ll have to wait until February 9 to see what Samsung has to say then.