At the IFA 2018, which runs from August 31 to September 5 in Berlin, Huawei introduced its new processor for flagship smartphones. Kirin 980 became the first commercial “system-on-a-chip” based on a 7-nanometer process technology.
The 7-nanometer process technology from TSMC allowed to mark out 6.9 billion transistors in the chip with a substrate area of one square centimeter. This is 1.6 times more than the figures of the previous generation. Compared with the 10-nm process technology, 7-nanometer provides an increase in chip performance by 20% and energy efficiency by 40%.
The Kirin 980 was also the first to receive the Cortex-A76 core, which is 75% more efficient and 58% more energy efficient than the previous generation. The chip included two productive cores Cortex-A76, two power-efficient cores Cortex-A76, and two ultra-economical Cortex-A55.
As integrated graphics is used Mali-G76, it is 46% more productive and 178% more economical than the last generation. It also uses AI to determine game tasks and optimize resources for them.
If last year’s Kirin 970 became the first chip with its own neural processing unit (Neural Processing Unit), Kirin 980 already uses a dual NPU to improve the capabilities of artificial intelligence. As a result, the Kirin 980 is able to recognize up to 4,600 images per minute, which is 120% more than the results of the predecessor.
The chip received a modem with support for LTE Cat.21, which provides download speeds up to 1.4 Gbit / s.
The first smartphones based on the Kirin 980 should be smartphones series Huawei Mate 20, whose announcement is scheduled for October.