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Samsung introduces new Exynos mobile AP for premium devices

It 23:00 January 12, 2021

By Joo Kyung-don

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. on Tuesday unveiled its new mobile application processor (AP) for premium smartphones that boasts upgraded processing capabilities.

The Exynos 2100, manufactured with the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) 5-nanometer process, is Samsung's first high-end mobile AP with a 5G modem to provide better solutions to gaming and multitasking environments, the tech giant said.

The 5G-integrated chipset, which will be the brain of mobile devices, was introduced at Samsung's Exynos On event held on the sidelines of the all-digital Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021.

This image provided by Samsung Electronics Co. on Jan. 12, 2021, shows the company's new mobile application processor, the Exynos 2100. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Using the latest cores from British chip design firm Arm Ltd., Samsung said the Exynos 2100 comes with tri-cluster architecture and that its multi-core performance is 30 percent better than previous models.

Also equipped with Arm's latest Mali-G79 graphics processing unit (GPU), Samsung said the Exynos 2100's graphics performance improved 40 percent compared to its predecessors, helping users to enjoy seamless experiences on their mobile devices when using augmented reality and virtual reality services.

Samsung said the Exynos 2100 features three next-generation neural processing units (NPU) in order to have upgraded on-device artificial intelligence (AI) processing capabilities that boast 26-trillion-operations-per-second. (TOPS).

This means the chip can process massive amounts of data on its own without help from a cloud server, thus providing stable services to users.

The Exynos 2100 also comes with a high-end image signal processor that supports an image resolution up to 200 mega pixels. It can be connected with a maximum six image sensors.

Samsung said the latest chipset is also energy efficient as it is equipped with its power saving solutions known as Amigo, or Advanced Multi-IP Governor, when running high-quality games and programs.

This photo provided by provided by Samsung Electronics Co. on Jan. 12, 2021, shows Kang In-yup, who heads the system LSI business at Samsung's device solutions unit, speaking at the Exynos On online event to introduce its latest mobile application processor, the Exynos 2100. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Samsung, the world's largest memory chip and smartphone producer, is looking to expand its presence in the systems-on-chips (SoC) sector, hoping more smartphone makers select its Exynos chipset for their devices.

The South Korean tech titan said the Exynos 2100 is already in mass production. The chipset is expected to power Samsung's premium Galaxy S21 smartphone, which is scheduled to be unveiled on Thursday, along with Qualcomm Inc.'s Snapdragon 888 mobile AP.

According to market tracker Counterpoint Research, Samsung's share in the mobile AP market was 12 percent in third quarter of 2020, down 4 percentage points from a year ago. The company was ranked third behind Taiwan's MediaTek Inc. with 31 percent and U.S.-based Qualcomm with 29 percent.


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