Huawei shows off 7nm Kirin 980 SoC

Posted September 02, 2018

It's the world's first commercial 7nm SoC and that's a big deal if you care about speed and battery life. As seen with Huawei in recent times, the Kirin 980 boasts of numerous Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities. Stay tuned to notebookcheck.net for more on the Kirin 980 in the near future.

Starting from its basic block design, Huawei's the first with the Kirin 980 at two ends. As of now, the company has officially confirmed it to come powered by Kirin 980 octa-core processor. We're looking forward to getting our hands on the first Kirin 980-powered device when it arrives this October.

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The Cortex A76 is capable of reaching frequencies of up to 3.3GHz, features a brand new micro-architecture with a new branch prediction unit, reduced instruction latency comparable to Samsung's Mongoose M!, a 33% wider decode width and super-fast memory fetch. The four Cortex-A76 cores are separated into two - one set is clocked at 2.6GHz while the other is clocked at 2.2GHz. ARM's DynamIQ Shared Unit (DSU) will ensure that tasks associated with the power brackets of each cluster will be distributed accordingly. Huawei projects that it will improve on that of the Kirin 970 by up to 134%. while using 88% less power. The Cortex A76 cores each feature 512KB of L2 Cache and the Cortex A55 cores feature 128KB of L2 Cache memory. Before we get to the company's power estimates, it's better to start off with its claims of performance and power efficiency improvements of the CPU.

The 980 has Huawei's proprietary 4th gen ISP which offers better support for multi-camera configurations, as well as an upgade to the HDR colur reproduction tech.

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The Kirin 980 has a total of 6.9 billion transistors and will be mass-produced by Taiwan's TSMC. Not only is the Kirin 980 the world's first commercially available 7nm chipset - sourced from TSMC - it also packs in an all-new Kirin CPU subsystem with Flex-Scheduling technology, an all-new Mali-G76 GPU, a fourth-generation ISP and lots of new AI smarts courtesy an all-new Dual NPU. The Mali G76 represents a massive increase over the G72 and can do much more in a smaller package.

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