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Kirin 980 is official! The new Huawei SoC that stands out from the competition

Kirin 980 is official! The new Huawei SoC that stands out from the competition

As expected, Huawei today rose to the stage of IFA 2018 to present its latest high-end processor. The Kirin 980 has finally been introduced officially and is a SoC that stands out from the competition in many areas, at least for now.

One of the ills that the Kirin have suffered over the past few years is being a generation behind the competition. Usually presented at this time of year, it’s weeks behind the introduction of the new Apple Ax and just a few months behind the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8xx.

However, by 2018, Huawei seems determined to put this paradigm behind. The new Kirin 980 is a top-notch processor worth mentioning, even because it is the world’s first SoC to be built on 7nm lithography.

In addition, it is the first to have the new ARM Cortex A76 cores and the Mali G76 graphics. It is still the first processor to have two Neural Processing Units. It is also the pioneer in supporting 2133MHz LPDDR4X RAM modules and supporting the 1.4 Gbps LTE Cat. 21 modem.

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As you can see, this is a processor that stands out right now from a wide range of technicalities. In fact, let us now specify a little more what each of these points represents.

Firstly talk about the development process of this Huawei Kirin 980. The brand will have begun to prepare this manufacturing process three years ago. For that, more than 5000 prototypes will have been built until we reach the final product that was unveiled today.

But what does this advance in production mean compared to the current 10nm manufacturing process? Huawei says it has allowed it to reach double-digit growth. Therefore, we have a performance improvement of 20% and a higher energy efficiency of 40%.

Developing the Kirin 980 in 7nm lithography, the Chinese company was able to include 6.9 billion transistors within this SoC. What, when compared to its predecessor, implies a performance increase of 75% and a 58% improvement in energy consumption.

For this to be possible this is a processor equipped with eight processing cores. We then have two Cortex A76 cores running at 2.6Ghz, two Cortex A76 at 1.96GHz and four Cortex A55 at 1.8GHz.

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Speaking now of the new supported RAM modules, we have here improvements in everyday use. With 20% more bandwidth and 22% less latency, we will have a 0.2-second reduction in opening time for applications such as Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram and others.

What’s new behind the Mali G76 graphics?

The new Mali G76 graphics will, of course, give the smartphones equipped with it a no-hassle experience. With it is guaranteed a gameplay without problems in some of the most famous titles of the moment.

For number lovers, Huawei is announcing a gain of 46% in performance and 178% in energy consumption. You’ll still have a technology that will automatically allocate resources to where they are most needed.

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Taking care of the photographic department, this new SoC of the Chinese company arrives still with a new ISP. This will bring several technical improvements to its main competitor Snapdragon 845.

In practical terms, this new image processor allows you to capture images with a better color balance. It allows even greater detail in both low and bright conditions.

This is the first SoC in the world with two NPUs

Huawei was the first manufacturer of semiconductors to incorporate a Neural Processing Unit into its processors. Now, this same company becomes the first to put two cores of the same type in a SoC.

In this way, the new processor of the Chinese company is able to recognize up to 4500 images per minute. For comparison purposes, the Snapdragon 845 is capable of recognizing up to 2371 images, whereas the Apple A12 only recognizes 1458.

Last but not least, mention the new Category 21 LTE modem present in this SoC. This is the first modem capable of speeds up to 1.4Gbps. In terms of Wi-Fi, the Kirin 980 is capable of reaching download speeds of up to 1732Mbps.

Now that this processor has finally been presented, the first equipment equipped with it is expected. This will happen very briefly, and it is expected that this will happen with the arrival of the new Huawei Mate 20 already in the month of October.


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