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HiSilicon Kirin 980 with dual NPU launched as world's first 7nm chipset

31 August 2018 0

Huawei has announced the Kirin 980, its latest flagship SoC based on 7nm architecture. Along with this, the Chinese company has also announced that the newest chipset will first be incorporated inside the Mate 20 series.

The all-new HiSilicon Kirin 980 is based on 7nm which is manufactured by TSMC. Built on the newest technology, the Kirin 980 is superior to its predecessor which is based on the 10nm process in many ways.

The Kirin 980 uses an 8-core CPU design with 2x high-performance Cortex-A76 cores and 2x "power-efficient" Cortex-A76 cores. The other set consists of 4x low-power Cortex-A55 cores. The power-efficient Cortex-A76 cores seem to be clocked lower than the high-performance ones.


Huawei has also developed a “Flex-Scheduling” technology that assigns the right cores at the right time so as to achieve better efficiency. Huawei hasn’t disclosed the clock speeds but said they are higher than the previous generation.

The SoC uses the Mali-G76 GPU that is claimed to offer efficiency gains compared to its predecessor. According to the press release, the GPU outperforms the previous generation by 46% and saves 178% more power.

The company has compared its latest chipset with the Snapdragon 845 and according to the tests, the Kirin 980 outperforms the Snapdragon 845 in many ways. The Kirin 980 has 20 percent better bandwidth and 22 percent lower latency than the Snapdragon 845. This means the Kirin 980 will help the smartphone to launch the apps faster.


Other chipset manufacturers, Qualcomm to be precisely haven’t yet started bundling NPU units, but Huawei has gone one step further and added a dedicated dual NPU to the Kirin 980. Snapdragon 855, however, is rumored to come with a dedicated NPU, so Kirin 980 will have its competition soon. This will perform AI-assisted image recognition tasks at a rate of 4,500 images per minute.

Also, a new dual ISP helps the Kirin 980 processor to be 46 percent faster at camera processing than its predecessor, with a related 23 percent improvement in power efficiency while recording.

The Kirin 980 will offer the world’s fastest smartphone Wi-Fi speed, clocking in at 1,732Mbps, which is substantially higher than the Snapdragon 845’s.

The launch date of the Mate 20 series equipped with Kirin 980 is October 16th. So, let's wait and curb your curiosity.


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