After being a no-show to their launch event last week, Samsung announced their new flagship SoC, the Exynos 2200. The chip is built on the 4nm process and boasts an RDNA 2 architecture based Xclipse GPU and an upgraded NPU.
This is also the first SoC system to include a GPU with the RDNA 2 based architecture, meaning PC-exclusive features like hardware-accelerated ray tracing and variable rate shading will now be available on phones.
The Exynos 2200 was supposed to be unveiled on January 11; however, the launch was mysteriously delayed. It was then expected that Samsung would announce the new chip alongwith the S22 lineup of phones later in February, where these chips usually go in the first place.
The flagships start rolling
The Exynos 2200 uses eight ARMv9 cores as follows:
- 1x high-power Cortex-X2 ‘flagship core’
- 3x Cortex-A710 cores for normal performance
- 4x Cortex-A510 efficiency cores
The upgraded NPU is claimed to have twice the performance from last year, now offering 16-bit floating-point support and the existing 8-bit and 16-bit integer allowing more calculations in parallel to enhance the AI performance.
The ISP can support cameras up to 200 megapixels. This means that we could also see Samsung’s ISOCELL HP1, announced last year in the S22 lineup. It can also connect up to seven individual image sensors and driver four simultaneously for advanced camera setups. In terms of the video, the ISP can either do 4K HDR or 8K.
The SoC also integrates a 3GPP Release 16 5G modem, supporting both sub-6Hz and millimetre wave spectrums. Samsung claims that the E-UTRAN New Radio, which combines 4G and 5G NR signals, the modem can boost speeds by up to 10Gpbs.
Finally, there’s the Integrated Secure Element (iSE) to store private keys and act as Root of Trust (RoT). Additionally, inline encryption hardware for UFS storage and memory has been reinforced.