Huawei announces Kirin 980 SoC with next gen AI engine onboard

Huawei announces Kirin 980 SoC with next gen AI engine onboard

Lindsey Duncan
September 3, 2018

We're hinted that the Huawei Mate 20 will arrive in October. It is the world's first chipset to be based upon TSMC's 7nm manufacturing process.

Huawei Kirin 980 boasts a number of world firsts: the first 7nm mobile processor built around ARM's Cortex-A76 CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, the first with a Cat.21 smartphone modem that supports speeds up to 1.4Gbps, and the first chip to support 2,133MHz LPDDR4X RAM. Now, Huawei has improved their proprietary ISP (image signal processing) chip that is integrated into the Kirin 980 chipset. The switch to 7nm brings a 20% improvement in speed, 40% improvement in efficiency, as well as 1.6 times logic density. Thus, the Kirin 980 will be far more powerful and efficient than Huawei's previous generation. "In an octa-core configuration, the CPU in Kirin 980 comprises two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores, two high-efficiency Cortex-A76 cores, and two extreme efficiency Cortex-A55 cores", said Huawei.

The pair of Neural Processing Units (NPUs) are created to help the Kirin 980 run artificial intelligence processes faster and more fluently. The synergy between the Dual NPU results in an image recognition capability that is greater than the sum of two-the Kirin 980 can recognize up to 4,600 images per minute, up 120 percent compared to Kirin 970. The Huawei Mate 20 is set to be the first device to feature it due on 16 October 2018 in London. This is accompanied by the fact that Huawei guarantees that this device improves the bandwidth by up to 20 percent and reduces latency by 22 percent compared to the Snapdragon 845. However Mate 20 Lite is expected to run on the Kirin 710 chipset as opposed the premium offering on its elder siblings.

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Although Qualcomm's dominance in this market is undisputed, there is no doubt that Huawei's new chip is quite impressive in comparison to other smartphone processors.

Starting September 6, HUAWEI's Twilight P20 Pro will be available to Canadians at Bell, Rogers, TELUS and SaskTel. The P20 Pro and its three cameras, coupled with the Kirin 970, are already an awesome combination, so anything that improves image quality could make future Huawei phones unassailable on the picture front in future. This is Huawei's yearly tradition after all, where the Mate series will use the latest chipset. In addition, was presented to the smart column AI Cube and the GPS Locator tracker Huawei. It also promises to offer the world's fastest smartphone Wi-Fi speed at 1,732Mbps, which is substantially higher than the Snapdragon 845's best of 866Mbps with a Qualcomm modem or 1083Mbps with a third-party modem. To deliver powerful audio, the AI Cube has a big 400ml sound cavity and uses an aluminum diaphragm along with passive radiators.