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Huawei's Kirin 985 chipset based on 7nm process might arrive in H2 2019

20 March 2019 3

Huawei is reportedly working on its next-gen SoC which is apparently called the HiSilicon Kirin 985. According to a report from a Taiwan-based portal, Huawei will increase the production of this chipset in the second half of this year. The report further suggests that the flagship chipset is based on the 7nm process and the self-sufficiency rate of Kirin processors for this year will be increased to 60 percent.

There are no other details on the said chipset but, it’s obvious to believe that the SoC will be more advanced than the current Kirin 980 SoC. The current flagship chipset is competing against the likes of Snapdragon 855 and Exynos 9820 processors. The Kirin 980 is the world’s first Cortex-A76 architecture chipset and has the world’s first dual NPU design as well. It is also based on the 7nm process and its successor is reportedly built using the same process which means it’s going to have 20% better performance over the 10nm-based processors. AI is the key aspect of the Kirin 980 and we believe this is going to further improve via the Kirin 985 SoC.

The details on the Kirin 985 SoC are pretty scarce but a report on the Kirin 990 is already stating that the chipset will be based on 7nm process and hold a 5G modem.

This is just the beginning and we will hear more about the processor as we move closer to the second half of this year.


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