During his presentation at IFA 2018, entitled “The ultimate power of Mobile Artificial Intelligence”, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group introduced the Kirin 980, the processor that ushers in the next stage in the evolution of Artificial Intelligence. (AI) on mobile devices. As the first commercial-grade processor manufactured using Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer Company’s (TSMC) 7nm process, the Kirin 980 combines best-in-class performance with efficiency, connectivity, and the power of its Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU). AI-driven dual.
“Last year we showed the world the potential of on-device AI with the Kirin 970, and this year we have designed a benchmark of power that not only includes outstanding AI capabilities, but also manages to provide the consumer with an unparalleled state-of-the-art performance,” said Richard Yu. “Equipped with new CPUs, GPUs and dual NPUs, the Kirin 980 is the engine that will power a new generation of applications focused on productivity and entertainment.
TSMC’s next-generation 7nm process enables the Kirin 980 to pack 6.9 billion transistors into a 1cm2 footprint, which is 1.6 times more transistors than the previous generation. Compared to the 10nm process, the 7nm process provides a 20% improvement in processor performance, as well as a 40% improvement in power efficiency. Compared to the 10nm process, the 7nm process provides a 20% improvement in processor performance, as well as a 40% improvement in power efficiency.
The Kirin 980 is also the first processor to include Cortex-A76 cores, which are 75% more powerful and 58% more efficient compared to the previous generation. With an octa-core configuration, the CPU in the Kirin 980 is made up of two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores; two high-efficiency Cortex-A76 cores; and four extremely efficient Cortex-A55 cores. To take full advantage of this unique configuration, Huawei has developed an innovative Kirin CPU subsystem with Flex-Scheduling technology, whose flexibility allows it to allocate the right core resources to the right tasks. This solution determines that large high-performance cores must handle immediate, load-intensive tasks; the large high-efficiency cores are responsible for providing constant performance, while the ultra-efficiency cores take care of light day-to-day tasks, seeking extreme efficiency in energy consumption. Running at higher clock speeds than the previous generation, the Kirin 980 enables faster app launches, improved multitasking, and a generally smoother user experience.
As graphics in mobile games have become more sophisticated in recent years, Huawei has integrated the Mali-G76 GPU into the Kirin 980 to deliver unrivaled gaming experiences. Debuting inside the Kirin 980, the Mali-G76 offers 46% more graphics processing power, plus a 178% improvement in power efficiency over the previous generation. The Mali-G76 GPU also includes innovative speed boosting technology that uses Artificial Intelligence to identify gaming workload and adjust resource allocation for optimal gaming experience.
An Industry First: Power Driven by a Dual Brain
The new Kirin processor represents a new era in terms of Artificial Intelligence in mobile devices. The Kirin 980 with dual NPU provides superior image recognition capabilities, as it can recognize up to 4,600 images per minute, which is a 120% increase compared to the Kirin 970, demonstrating Huawei’s industry leadership in image recognition. category of AI in consumer devices. Additionally, the Kirin 980 supports common AI frameworks such as CAFFE, TensorFlow, and TensorFlow Lite, as well as providing a set of tools that simplify common AI engineering challenges on mobile devices, allowing developers to easily access the power leading dual NPU processing power.
Robust image signal processor
Always on the lookout for the best mobile photography experiences, Huawei has integrated its exclusive 4th generation Image Signal Processor (ISP) inside the processor. In addition to providing a 46% increase in data throughput compared to its predecessor, this new ISP also improves support for multiple camera configurations, as well as incorporating a new HDR color reproduction technology, which can manipulate contrast images for the purpose of highlighting certain objects in various parts of the images. In addition, the Kirin 980 uses a multi-pass noise reduction solution, which precisely removes some image elements without losing detail, resulting in better quality images even when shot in low light conditions. Another new ISP feature is improved motion tracking. When a user takes a photo of a moving person, the ISP can recognize the subject with an accuracy of 97.4%, making it possible to capture fleeting moments with great ease.
The popularization of video content brought by social media along with increased demands for video capture features. The Kirin 980 adopts a new processing pipeline dedicated to video capture, enabling the camera module to capture video with 33% lower latency.
World class connectivity
To provide the best connectivity to users who have chosen Kirin 980 powered devices, Huawei has integrated the first modem with LTE Cat.21 support with a maximum download speed of 1.4Gbps. In addition to this, the Kirin 980 supports bands and frequencies from a large number of operators, so users will be free to choose the operator and enjoy the same premium connectivity experience, no matter where they are.
inspired by nature
During IFA 2018, Huawei also announced the launch of two new gradient color variants for the HAUWEI P20 series: Morpho Aurora and Pearl White, expanding its range of gradient color options to four. In creating these unique hues, Huawei has once again taken inspiration from nature. The Morpho Aurora color takes inspiration from the Morpho butterfly, while Pearl White expresses the same elegance as iridescent mother-of-pearl.
The next generation of Artificial Intelligence powered devices is just around the corner. Stay tuned, the launch of the first Mate series device powered by the Kirin 980 will happen in October*.
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