First Exynos chip with AMD GPU details revealed; could come to Galaxy S22
AMD’s CEO, Dr. Lisa Su stated during a keynote at the virtual Computex 2021 conference that the next Samsung Exynos processor will be made in partnership between the two companies. In the press release, it says that the processor will have AMD RDNA 2 architecture-based graphics IP with ray tracing and variable rate shading.
What this means is that the next Exynos chip, the Exynos 2200, will use an AMD GPU, which was confirmed by Samsung back in January. Variable rate shading is a feature that increases rendering performance and quality by varying the shading rate for different regions of the frame. Ray tracing is a rendering technique for 3D games that generates an image by tracing the path of light as pixels in an image plane and simulating the effects of its encounters with virtual objects.
Dr. Lisa Su also announced that further details should be expected from Samsung later this year, so we can expect the next generation Exynos processor to be released in the second half of 2021 and be used in the 2022 Galaxy S22 series. There are reports suggesting that the chip will also rival Apple’s M1, as there are plans for the chip to be used on laptops.
Samsung and AMD partnered back in 2019 to work on new GPU architecture for mobile devices. Samsung wanted to upgrade from its current Arm Mali GPU, which lacks performance in comparison to competitor Qualcomm’s GPUs.
It sure looks like we might have a beast of a processor on the horizon, closing the gap with the competition and freeing Samsung from its dependability on Snapdragon processors.