Proper earlier than Galaxy S21 Unpacked, Samsung unveils new Exynos 2100 processor with improved 5G

Proper earlier than Galaxy S21 Unpacked, Samsung unveils new Exynos 2100 processor with improved 5G


Samsung’s units within the US, just like the Galaxy S20 FE, have used Qualcomm modems to connect with mobile networks. However the firm’s new Exynos chip now can faucet into quick millmeter-wave indicators.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S21 launch is not taking place till Thursday, however that hasn’t stopped the South Korean electronics large from already introducing new merchandise that’ll possible tie into that occasion. They embody a processor known as the Exynos 2100, which Samsung unveiled Tuesday throughout a digital press convention. 

The brand new 5-nanometer chip options an eight-core CPU together with an Arm Cortex X1 core, clocked at as much as 2.9GHz, to go together with three Cortex A78 cores and 4 power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores. Samsung says the brand new CPU ought to ship a “greater than 30% enhancement in multicore efficiency” than its predecessor. There’s additionally an Arm Mali-G78 GPU to enhance graphics by “greater than 40%” in addition to improved efficiency when dealing with intensive duties like synthetic intelligence

The processor’s picture sign processor (ISP) is getting a lift and is now in a position to deal with resolutions of as much as 200 megapixels. It is able to connecting as much as six lenses and processing 4 of the feeds “concurrently,” which permits for options akin to improved zoom efficiency and higher picture high quality when doing ultrawide photographs.

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Past the general efficiency boosts, the Exynos 2100 additionally options an built-in 5G modem that features help for each low-band and midband 5G (also called sub-6GHz 5G) in addition to the upper frequency type of 5G referred to as millimeter-wave. Samsung says its chip can deal with most obtain speeds of 5.1Gbps over lower-band 5G and obtain speeds of as much as 7.35Gbps over mmWave.

By comparability, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset, which additionally has an built-in 5G modem, is able to downloading knowledge at as much as 7.5Gbps and importing data as quick as 3Gbps


Samsung has a brand new flagship cell processor, the Exynos 2100.


Although Samsung did not formally announce that the brand new Exynos processor would energy the Galaxy S21, it is closely rumored that it will be in some fashions, at the very least abroad. Samsung has typically used its personal Exynos line for the worldwide variations of its telephones in locations like South Korea, whereas the US fashions get Qualcomm processors, a development that is anticipated to proceed this 12 months. San Diego-based Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 888, its newest flagship chipset, in December and mentioned it could be in telephones within the first quarter. 

Advantages of integration

Smartphones want numerous elements to function, however two key elements that make a telephone a telephone are the applying processor, which acts because the brains of a tool, and a modem, which connects it to a cell community. The primary 5G units wanted standalone modems that labored alongside the primary computing processor. That was as a result of 5G know-how was so new, it was too troublesome to mix it with the brains. Integrating a modem with the brains of a telephone comes with many advantages, together with higher battery life and decrease value. 

Simply having the ability to construct mmWave chips is notable, however integrating mmWave into Exynos was no straightforward feat for Samsung. Of the 4 main corporations designing modems — Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung and Huawei — solely Qualcomm has truly developed a mmWave modem that is transport in telephones. And it solely built-in 5G onto the identical chip because the brains of a super-high-end telephone with the Snapdragon 888. That hasn’t but appeared in any telephones however is anticipated to energy the Galaxy S21 lineup within the US and another areas. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765, unveiled in late 2019, built-in 5G, however the processor’s options made it higher fitted to less-higher-end units. 

mmWave offers the superfast pace that is the hallmark of 5G, however the know-how can also be temperamental. The airwaves cannot journey lengthy distances, and so they’re simply blocked by timber, buildings, glass home windows and even palms holding a tool. To stop a sign from being blocked, Qualcomm has developed modules that place antennas round totally different elements of a telephone. Samsung did not say the way it prevents mmWave’s issues, however it possible took an analogous path to Qualcomm’s modules. 

Verizon has been the primary firm pushing mmWave know-how. Its first 5G airwaves centered on the ultrafast connectivity, earlier than it moved to construct out its broader however slower 5G community. AT&T and T-Cell even have small mmWave networks, however they’ve favored their broader networks. And few carriers outdoors the US have constructed out 5G mmWave networks. 

An Exynos chip with mmWave is “doubtlessly actually excellent news for patrons outdoors of North America, the place Samsung makes use of Qualcomm chipsets,” Techsponential analyst Avi Greengart mentioned. However “it is extra of a specs factor, provided that mmWave isn’t broadly deployed outdoors of the US and is barely deployed contained in the US.”

That might change, although. In December, Qualcomm’s then-president, who’ll tackle the function of CEO this summer season, advised CNET that mmWave is being deployed in additional locations world wide. 

“Protection goes to be constructed all over the place,” Qualcomm’s Cristiano Amon mentioned. “And we see it with mmWave taking place in additional locations.” Singapore and South Korea have joined the US and Japan in constructing out the know-how, and 130 operators at the moment are investing within the know-how, he mentioned. 

Samsung says the brand new Exynos is now “in mass manufacturing.”

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