Samsung has introduced the Exynos 2100 System-on-Chip (SoC) in response to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888. The new SoC is the company’s first 5G-integrated mobile processor based on a touted 5-nanometer Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) process node, reducing power consumption by up to 20 percent and improving performance by 10 percent compared to the 7 nm SoC Exynos 990. The Exynos 2100 SoC is also based on a tri-cluster structure, which is also present on the Snapdragon 888. In addition to the Exynos 2100, Samsung announced that it is working on a new Exynos SoC with an AMD GPU.
The Exynos 2100 SoC offers octa-core processing via the tri-cluster structure, which includes a Cortex-X1 core with up to 2.9 GHz, three high-performance Cortex-A78 cores and four energy-efficient Cortex-A55 cores . This new combination is said to improve multi-core performance by more than 30 percent over last year’s Exynos 990. The new chipset also includes the ARM Mali-G78 GPU, which offers graphics performance over 40 percent better than the GPU that powers the previous Exynos SoC. according to Samsung.
Compared to the Exynos 2100, the Snapdragon 888 from Qualcomm has Cortex-X1, Cortex-A78 and Cortex-A55 cores in addition to the Adreno 660 GPU.
The Exynos 2100 also has AMIGO technology (Multi-IP Governor) to ensure a longer service life. There’s also a new three-core NPU to boost performance in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) processing. Samsung claims the new chipset can run up to 26 trillion operations per second (TOPS) with more than twice the energy efficiency than the previous generation Exynos model. The Snapdragon 888 is also said to do up to 26 TOPS.
Samsung has provided a brand new image signal processor on the Exynos 2100 that supports camera resolutions of up to 200 megapixels. The SoC can connect up to six individual sensors and process four of them simultaneously. The built-in ISP also includes a content-aware feature that can detect scenes, faces and objects and adjust camera settings.
The integrated 5G modem of the Exynos 2100 supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave spectra. It is claimed to offer a maximum downlink speed of up to 5.1 Gbps on the sub-6 GHz network or 7.35 Gbps on the mmWave network. It also comes with 1024 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) support.
Samsung offers support for UFS 3.1 and UFS 2.1 storage on the Exynos 2100. In addition, the chip also supports HDR10 + displays with a resolution of up to 4K. It can also provide 8K TV output. In addition, the chipset contains an embedded secure element (eSE) that separates personal data from the operating system environment to ensure improved data protection, according to Samsung.
The Exynos 2100 also supports LPDDR5 memory and video encoding of up to 4K UHD at 120 fps.
Samsung announced that the Exynos 2100 is currently in mass production. The chipset is expected to be part of the Galaxy S21 series in most markets, while the US version will likely be powered by the Snapdragon 888.
At the time the Exynos 2100 was announced through a virtual event on Tuesday, Samsung was IT President and General Manager of LSI Business Inyup Kang teased the arrival of a new Exynos SoC with an AMD GPU.
“We’re partnering with AMD and will have a next-generation mobile GPU in the next flagship product,” said Kang.
Samsung originally announced its partnership with AMD to develop a mobile GPU in June 2019. However, a tipster who uses the pseudonym Ice Universe on Twitter did so recommended that the first Exynos SoC with an AMD GPU could become a reality later this year. It is speculated that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be powered.
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