Huawei introduces the 7nm Kirin 980 SoC, promising big boosts to performance and AI

BERLIN, Germany-August 31, 2018- In his inaugural address to IFA 2018 entitled "The Ultimate Power of Mobile Artificial Intelligence," Yuwei Consumer Business Group CEO Mr. Richard Yu introduced the Kirin 980, the system on a chip (SoC) that will bring the next evolution of the mobile AI. As the world's first commercial SoC manufactured with the 7nm process from the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer Company (TSMC), Kirin 980 combines the best performance in its class, efficiency, connectivity features and dual NPU AI processing power.

"Last year, we showed the potential of AI on the device with the Kirin 970, and this year, we designed an integral power plant that not only features exceptional artificial intelligence capabilities, but also offers raw performance cutting edge to consumers, "said Mr. Yu. . "Equipped with a completely new CPU, GPU and Dual NPU, the Kirin 980 is the ultimate engine to drive next generation productivity and entertainment applications."

Absolute Superiority
Cutting-edge TSMC 7nm process technology allows Kirin 980 to pack 6.9 billion transistors within a matrix size of 1 cm2, 1.6 times more than the previous generation . Compared to the 10nm process, the 7nm process offers 20% improved SoC performance and 40% improved SoC energy efficiency.

The Kirin 980 is also the first SoC to incorporate Cortex-A76 cores, which are 75% more powerful and 58 percent more efficient compared to their previous generation. The Kirin CPU subsystem uses a flexible intelligent programming mechanism that creates a 3-level energy efficiency architecture consisting of two super-large cores based on Cortex-A76, two large cores based on Cortex-A76 and four small cores Cortex-A55. Compared to the traditional big.LITTLE design, this solution designates large high performance cores to handle immediate intensive workloads; the large and high efficiency cores to provide sustained performance; and nuclei of ultra efficiency to tackle daily and light activities with extreme energy efficiency. Running at higher clock speeds compared to the previous generation, Kirin 980 allows for faster application launch times, better multitasking and a generally smoother user experience.

As the graphics in mobile games have become more and more sophisticated in recent years, Huawei integrated the Mali-G76 GPU into the Kirin 980 to offer unparalleled gaming experiences. Debuting with the Kirin 980, Mali-G76 offers 46 percent more graphics processing power with 178 percent improved power efficiency compared to the previous generation. Mali-G76 also has an innovative clock technology that uses artificial intelligence to intelligently identify workloads and adjust resource allocation for optimal game performance.

First "double brain" power in the industry
The latest Kirin SoC represents a new era of AI in the device. The Kirin 980 dual NPU elevates the AI ‚Äč‚Äčexperience in the device with greater processing power and intelligence. The synergy between the Dual NPU results in an image recognition capacity greater than the sum of two: the Kirin 980 can recognize up to 4,500 images per minute, 120 percent more than Kirin 970, further demonstrating the leadership of Huawei in the industry. AI space device. In addition, Kirin 980 supports common AI frameworks such as Caffee, Tensorflow and Tensorflow Lite, and provides a set of tools that simplifies the difficulty of designing IA on the device, allowing developers to easily access the leading processing power of the device. Dual NPU. 19659002] Full-featured ISP
In the search for the best smart phone photo experience, Huawei integrated its fourth-generation ISP patented in the SoC. In addition to a 46 percent increase in data throughput compared to its predecessor, the new ISP also offers better compatibility for multi-camera configurations, as well as a new HDR color reproduction technology that can manipulate image contrast for highlight objects in various parts of an image. In addition, Kirin 980 uses the Multi-pass noise reduction solution that accurately removes artifacts without erasing the details of the image, resulting in better quality in images taken in low light scenarios. Another new feature of the ISP is improved motion tracking. When a user tries to take a picture of a person in motion, the ISP can recognize the subject with 97.4 percent accuracy, so that any user can capture fleeting moments with ease.

The emergence of social media platforms focusing on video together is an increase in the demand for video capture features. Kirin 980 adopts a new pipe dedicated to video capture processing, allowing the camera module to record videos with a 33 percent shorter delay.

World-class connectivity
To provide the best connectivity to users of Kirin 980 devices, Huawei integrated the world's first modem compatible with LTE Cat.21 with a maximum download speed of 1.4Gbps. In addition, the Kirin 980 supports the aggregation of operators, even through frequency bands, so that users can freely choose their mobile operators and enjoy the same premium connectivity experience, regardless of where they are located.

Inspired by nature
In IFA 2018, Huawei also announced the release of two new gradient variants for the HUAWEI P20 series: Morpho Aurora and Pearl White, extending its range of gradient colors to four. By creating these two unique tones, Huawei once again turned to nature for inspiration. The Morpho Aurora was inspired by the Morpho butterfly, while the Pearl White emanates the same elegance as the iridescent mother-of-pearl.

The experience of the next generation of AI is just around the corner. Stay tuned for the launch of the first device in the Mate series of Kirin 980, which is scheduled to arrive in October *.

* The Kirin 980 specifications do not represent the specifications of the phone that uses this chip. All data and reference results are based on internal tests. The results may vary in different environments.

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