The next-generation Exynos processor will feature ray tracing as well as variable rate shading.
In 2019, AMD and Samsung announced a collaboration to explore low-power graphics solutions. No product has emerged from this cooperation since then, but according to AMD’s Lisa Su presentation at this year’s Computex, that will change this year, as Samsung aims to produce an Exynos CPU powered by RDNA 2 graphics.
“The next place you’ll find RDNA 2 will be the high-performance mobile phone market,” said AMD’s CEO Lisa Su during the company’s keynote at Computex 2021. “AMD has partnered with industry leader Samsung for several years to accelerate graphics innovation in the mobile market, and we’re happy to announce that we’ll bring custom graphics IP to Samsung’s next flagship mobile SoC with ray tracing and variable rate shading capabilities. We’re really looking forward to Samsung providing more details later this year.”
The flagship Exynos 2100 SoC will most likely be replaced by the next Exynos processor with RDNA 2 graphics. If Samsung publishes it later this year, the first smartphones to use it will be available in late 2021 or the first half of 2022.
The features and technologies included into the RDNA 2 GPU have not been disclosed by Samsung or AMD, however it is assumed that the processor would feature ray tracing and variable rate shading (VRS).
It’s also unclear which smartphones will use the new Exynos processor. Rumors suggest that an Exynos-powered laptop with Radeon graphics might be released this year.
Official performance data have yet to be released, but a Twitter user has already revealed some benchmark results for the next chip’s GPU component. In comparison to the Adreno 650 found on Snapdragon 865/865+/870 SoCs, the RDNA GPU provided more than double the graphics performance.