Exynos with ARMv9: Samsung confirms that it will launch processors with new architecture

For comparison, the Exynos 2100 and Exynos 1080 processors use the ARMv8.2-A architecture, while the ARMv8 version was launched in 2011, almost 10 years ago.

With ARMv9 we will have chips with vector processing, optimized performance and security. This will be possible thanks to the ARMv9’s ability to work with machine learning directly on the CPU, instead of relying on specific accelerators.

Security will be enhanced by isolating the system through the Confidential Computing Architecture. They basically function as containers where processes can be executed, but without access to the core of the operating system.

GPUs on these new processors will also support real-time ray-tracing and variable rate shading, which will further elevate mobile game graphics.

In a note, Min Goo Kim, executive vice president of processor development at Samsung Electronics, said:

ARM’s next generation ARMv9 architecture offers a substantial improvement in safety and machine learning, the two areas that will be further emphasized in future mobile communication devices. As we work together with ARM, we hope to see the new architecture usher in a broader range of innovations for Samsung’s next generation of Exynos mobile processors.

According to ARM, the new processors will be able to execute up to 30% more instructions per cycle than those with ARMv8, while AnandTech says that this evolution should improve performance by 14%.

For now Samsung has not specified which processors will have the new architecture or when they should be launched, but it is expected that the first models with ARMv9 will arrive in 2022, that is, we should see an Exynos with the new architecture and GPU AMD Radeon Mobile on Galaxy S22.


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