Samsung's 2200-MPx Exynos chip is scheduled for a January release next year
Samsung’s 2200-MPx Exynos chip is scheduled for a January release next year

The Samsung Exynos 2200-MPx processor will be released in January of next year. This powerful chip is expected to have a lot of features, from energy efficiency improvements and data handling to better security with hardware encryption. This article will break down the features that this processor has and what you can look forward to with it!

Samsung will launch its Exynos 2200 flagship processor early next year. The new SoC is designed with a 14nm process to maximize power efficiency, and it will be the first commercial SoC to offer eight Cortex-A53 cores. The Exynos 2200 series also integrates ARM’s Mali-T880 MP 12 GPU, which is said to deliver up to 60% better performance than the previous generation. This article will discuss the Exynos 2200’s specs and what they mean for Samsung as well as Android device makers in general.

Samsung will start mass-producing the new SoC later this year, and it expects to ship 1 million units per month by the end of 2015. That targets a launch in early Q1 2016; all things being equal, it should be revealed after the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in late February, though that’s subject to change. Samsung had planned to release it by this time last year but ran into trouble with TSMC’s 14nm process. The company has switched to Globalfoundries and also invested heavily in improving its own foundry business. Samsung built a 14nm plant in Austin and paid Globalfoundries $300 million for access to its equipment and 40mm wafers. Globalfoundries is building both its own 14nm process and using some of Samsung’s foundry equipment. Exynos 2200 will be shipped in a 20nm package. The vendor has been taking advantage of its “high-density” status on the 20nm node to undercut rival vendors by as much as 50%.

The Exynos 2200 uses Samsung’s fourth-generation multi-web platform (M4). It features the Cortex A53 (64-bit dual-issue), four Cortex A57 (64-bit quad-issue), support for up to four high-performance core clusters, and all eight cores can run at a maximum speed of 3 GHz. Each can scale as high as 2.1 GHz for single-issue performance, and the eight cores can also scale to 1.4 GHz for efficient power-saving modes. All eight cores will have the same L2 cache of 4 MB, although this can be increased in 16-core configurations with the addition of a level 2 on-chip cache (L1). The memory subsystem supports up to 24 GiB of LPDDR4 RAM and four DRAM controllers, which is half as many controllers as on Samsung’s Exynos 5433 chip but still leaves room to add more later if necessary. Since it could support MLC flash in its first generation, Exynos 2200 will also offer an eMMC 5.1 controller.

The Exynos 2200 is Samsung’s first SoC to use a combination of ARM’s Mali GPUs and its own home-grown solutions. The GPU supports OpenGL ES 3.1, 14-bit color depth, and Open CL 1.2 Full Profile and conforms to the Khronos Group’s latest SYCL standard for C++. Like other mobile GPUs on the market, it will have DX11 support (including tessellation and compute shaders) as of next year. It is also capable of handling 4K displays and 3D content at 120Hz, but this puts a large strain on the power supply. At 60Hz, it can handle 3840 x 2160 resolution video with H.

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