Samsung Exynos 2200: an SoC that bets on gaming thanks to a GPU inspired by ‘next-gen’ consoles

Samsung has presented the Samsung Exynos 2200 SoC, the chip that aims to stand up to the best of Qualcomm, MediaTek, and even Apple throughout 2022 and which has a very special element.

It is its Xclipse 920 GPU, which is based on the same AMD RDNA2 architecture that has been used in the latest graphics chips integrated into the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X. That GPU will even enable ray tracing to be enjoyed in mobile games, and thus promises even more amazing experiences.

Four-nanometer promises

The new Exynos 2200 arrives with 4 nm manufacturing technology and a CPU consisting of one high-power ARM Cortex-X2 core, three ARM Cortex-A710 cores also geared towards performance-demanding tasks, and finally four efficiency-oriented ARM Cortex-A510 cores.

5G connectivity is also an integral part of this SoC: the Exynos 2200 features a 5G modem with support for both sub-6GHz and mmWave networks. It can take advantage of the new E-UTRAN New Radio – Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) technology, which allows combining 4G and 5G bands and reaching up to 10 Gbps transfers.

It is capable of supporting 4K displays at 120 Hz or QHD+ at 144 Hz, and also offers support for HDR10+ technology, while its ISP is capable of supporting sensors up to 108 MP capturing video at 30 FPS and even 200 MP sensors with lower capture rates.

You’ll know it by its ray tracing

However, the main highlight of the SoC is the aforementioned Xclipse 920 GPU, a product that is the result of the alliance that Samsung and AMD started in 2019.

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Exynos 2200

Raytracing support is one of the most striking features of this new GPU, which is based on AMD’s RDNA2 architecture. This architecture is, for example, the one used in the powerful GPUs of next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft, and will certainly bring a lot of joy to those who enjoy video games on their mobile devices.

Curiously, a section that Samsung does not talk much about with its new SoC is its cores for artificial intelligence: the NPU, which for others is fundamental – tell that to the Google Tensor – apparently plays a less relevant role here, although according to Samsung it is twice as powerful as its predecessor.

Samsung does not mention when we will see the first devices with this SoC or what devices they will be, although it is expected to be one of the differentiating elements of the launch of the Galaxy S22 that should appear in a few weeks.

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