Rumor mill: It’s a pair of NASA deep space probes, it’s a Star Trek series and a tanker plane used by the RAF, and now “Voyager” will be the name of the RDNA2 graphics used in the highly anticipated AMD + Samsung SoC collaboration. , according to Ice Universe, a regular mobile leaker.
Samsung’s use of AMD’s graphics IP in its next-gen flagship mobile processors has made headlines again since it was brought up again by AMD CEO Lisa Su during the company’s keynote at Computex 2020, and although it is not known with certainty how much participation the GPU has. AMD’s design has had leaks so far that have painted a promising performance picture.
Leaked information from Ice Universe has filled in a few more gaps about the upcoming Exynos product, stating that it will build on Samsung Foundry’s 4LPP (4nm, low-power plus) process, a further evolution of FinFET technology, rather than the gate- all- around the transistors that are programmed to come up with the company’s 3nm process.
In particular, Samsung recently switched to market its 4nm process as a separate family from its 5nm / 7nm nodes; After 5LPE proved disappointing on the Exynos 2100 and Snapdragon 888 (which only matched TSMC’s famous 7nm node despite arriving two years later), an upgrade substantial enough to warrant such a change would be more than welcome.
The Exynos 2200 (or “Pamir,” according to the leak) would likely be pitched against Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 895 in next-gen flagships, after the inevitable upgraded and refined versions of current chips, at least what is known. aligns with Samsung’s schedule that brings 4LPP to market in 2022.
Both should have Arm’s Cortex X2 CPU cores, and RDNA2 “Voyager” graphics will go toe-to-toe with Arm’s next-gen Adreno GPU, but little information has yet been released about the Snapdragon counterpart.
Previous leaks have hinted that the Snapdragon 895 could also be built on a 4nm process, presumably 4LPP, which would allow for a level playing field to compare the two SoCs without either side having a node advantage. May the best design win!