Samsung has launched its latest octa-core processor chip, the Exynos 9 Series 8895, designed for phones, VR handsets and automotive infotainment applications. The new chip is expected to power the firm’s upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones to be launched soon.
The Exynos 9 Series 8895 leverages 10nm FinFET process technology to improve upon previous Exynos 8 Octa 8890 (powering Galaxy S7) based on 14nm technology, allowing up to 27% higher performance while consuming 40% less power.
Exynos 8895 is an octa core processor that has four Cortex-A53 cores for power efficiency and the firm’s four second generation custom designed CPU cores that deliver high performance. It uses Samsung Coherent Interconnect (SCI) technology for cache coherency to deliver a heterogeneous system architecture that enables faster calculations for applications such as artificial intelligence and deep learning, according to Samsung.
The chip also embeds a gigabit LTE modem that supports five carrier aggregation, or 5CA for higher network speeds. It is claimed to offer 1Gbps downlink speeds with 5CA and 150Mbps uplink speeds using two-carrier aggregation (2CA).
For graphics, the processor leverages an ARM’s Mali-G71 GPU. The chip’s multi-format codec (MFC) supports recording and playback of video content at a maximum resolution of 4K UHD at 120 fps (frames per second) with support for the latest video codecs, including the HEVC (H.265), H.264 and VP9 video compression standards.
For mobile payments solutions that use iris or fingerprint recognition, the chip comes with a separate ‘security processing unit’ that has a hardware cryptographic accelerator. Besides, there is a vision processing unit (VPU) that can be used to embed features such as recognising items and movement for video tracking, panaromic image processing and machine vision applications.
“In addition to being built on the most advanced 10nm FinFET process technology, the new Exynos 9 Series 8895 incorporates Samsung’s cutting-edge technologies including a 2nd generation custom CPU, gigabit LTE modem, and more” said Ben Hur, Vice President of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “With industry leading technologies like VPU, the Exynos 8895 will drive the innovation of next generation smartphones, VR headsets, and automotive infotainment system.”
The Exynos 9 Series 8895 is currently in mass production. For more information, view the full Press release.