Samsung Electronics Co. presents its first mobile processor powered by graphics from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. as the company tries to compete better with the gaming capabilities of Apple Inc.’s older iPhones.
The new Exynos 2200 processor was built using Samsung’s highly advanced 4nm processor and is the first portable chip in the industry with support for ray tracking computing systems, an advanced form of reliable graphics that has been downloaded to PC photo cards. The graphics chip built into AMD’s RDNA 2 design, called Xclipse, is described in Samsung’s announcement as closing the gap between console and mobile performance.
“Samsung’s Xclipse GPU is the first product of a multi-generational set of AMD RDNA models in Exynos,” said David Wang, AMD’s vice president.
Samsung often uses its Exynos in-processor processors in its leading Galaxy devices and has customers like Vivo using its silicon on their handsets.
Apple’s A-series processors and Qualcomm Inc.’s Snapdragon lineup generally own mobile space, despite Samsung’s advantage of being able to make its own chips.
The eight-cylinder Exynos 2200 system-on-chip, now mass-produced, is among the first to use the new Armv9 central processing cores and integrates an onboard neural processing unit focused on artificial intelligence operations. NPU performance has doubled in this generation, according to Samsung. 5G wireless connectivity is also built into the chip, which will remain at the heart of Android smartphones this year.