Samsung yesterday unveiled the Ekinos 2100, a system chip that is likely to drive the company’s latest flagship mobile phone – the Galaxy S21 – in most countries. The mobile will be unveiled on Thursday this week.
The Ekinos 2100 is Samsung’s most advanced mobile processor to date. It is produced using 5 nanometer process technology, which depending on the configuration should reduce energy consumption by up to 20 percent or 10 percent more computing power than similar chips produced by previous generation process technology, 7 nanometers.
Three different CPU cores
The new system chip has a total of eight CPU cores. It has one main core, based on Arm Cortek-Ks1 and clocked at 2.9 GHz. This is supported by three slightly less powerful Cortek-A78 cores and four energy-efficient Cortek-A55 cores. In total, it will provide more than 30 percent more performance of more cores than its predecessor.
The graphics processor also comes from Arm. This is the Mail-G78, which should also be able to deliver significantly higher performance than its predecessor, not only in areas such as augmented and virtual reality, as well as their combinations.
Ekinos also comes with a new NPU (Neural Processing Unit) with three cores that will be able to speed up intelligence tasks and deliver twice the performance of the previous generation.
AI-based image processing
Support for 5G mobile networks is of course built-in. The same goes for the Image Signal Processor (ISP) which supports a camera resolution of up to 200 megapixels and 4K UHD video at 120 frames per second. It can process data from four different sensors simultaneously.
A separate multi-camera and frame processor (MCFP) should be able to simultaneously combine data streams with multiple cameras to provide improved zoom performance and image quality, while the image signal processor should be able to use increased AI optimization capacity image based image recognition. motives such as objects, faces and surroundings.
During yesterday’s presentation of the new system chip, Iniup Kang, director of system LSI business at Samsung Electronics, said that Samsung’s next leading mobile phones will be shipped with AMD’s graphics processor. This does not apply to Galaxy S21.