Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

IFA 2018: Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor based on 7nm technology announced

IFA 2018: Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor based on 7nm technology announced

Three years ago the company had engaged more than 1,000 senior semiconductor design experts and had developed more than 5,000 engineering prototypes, after which the Kirin 980 became the final creation with a 20 percent speed improvement and a 40 percent reduction in power consumption as compared with Huawei's previous generation. The GPU also offers up to 46% improved performance and 178% improved efficiency over the Kirin 970 SoC. Other world's firsts include the first to feature a MALI-G76 graphics processing unit, CAT 21 5G Modem for up to 1.4Gbps downloads, a dual NPU (neural network processing unit), Cortex-A76 processors and more. Out of these eight cores, two are "super cores", two are "large cores", and, the remaining four are efficiency cores.

When we reviewed the Huawei P20 here, the camera is indeed fantastic. The GPU comes with clock boosting technology that will adjust the resource allocation depending on the requirement of an app or a game. Kirin 980 is apparently the first ever Cortex A-76 based CPU and first with Mali-G76 GPU. The Kirin 980 was able to identify 4,500 images per minute, while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 managed to identify 2,371 during the same stretch of time. Also Huawei Kirin 980 compared with competing Snapdragon SoC 845, claiming the superiority of their own decisions on gaming performance by 22% reduced by 32% energy consumption.

Usually, the Mate lineup is the one to debut a new Kirin chipset, but this year, Huawei's sub-brand, Honor and the Honor Magic 2, took the honor of giving us the Kirin 980 chipset for the first time.

"In addition to a 46 per cent increase in data throughput compared to its predecessor, the new ISP provides better support for multi-camera configurations as well as an all-new HDR colour reproduction technology that can manipulate picture contrast to highlight objects on various parts of an image", said Huawei.

Except Kirin 980 Huawei revealed at IFA 2018 new variants P20 Pro in four additional colors: white, gradient, and with a leather back cover black and brown. The Mate 20 series will be unveiled on October 16 in London. The Kirin 980 also comes with dual ISP which reduces shooting delays by 33%. Additionally, the Kirin 980 supports carrier aggregation, even across frequency bands. The Morpho Aurora was inspired by the Morpho butterfly, while the Pearl White exudes the same elegance as the iridescent mother-of-pearl.

The next-generation AI experience is around the corner. The Kirin 980 is likely to find its way into the firm's flagship phones as early as October 2018 with the launch of the rumoured Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. HUAWEI has been operating in Canada since 2008, and now employs over 800 people.

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