Processor Chip Brings Improved Multimedia Features In High-End Phones


Samsung has made available its latest application processor (AP) based on 10nm FinFET process, the Exynos 7 Series 9610. The chip claims to elevate multimedia experience in high-end smartphones with AI-based image processing and 480fps slow-motion recording.

With its powerful CPU and GPU, the Exynos 9610 provides smooth mobile computing and gaming performances that meet the needs of today’s high-end smartphones, Samsung says.

The CPU is comprised of four Cortex-A73 cores running at 2.3 gigahertz (GHz), and four 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 cores to load apps quickly and run multiple tasks simultaneously. The GPU is a second-generation Bifrost-based ARM Mali-G72 that can bring more realistic and immersive graphics on mobile devices.


An important highlight of the chip is its advanced face detection feature which is possible as vision and image processing is now being coupled with a neural network engine. This enables the camera to recognize faces that are either not facing forward or partially covered with objects like hair or a hat.

The smart depth sensing allows bokeh or out-focused portraits to be taken with a single camera. The chip also cleverly merging multiple frames which enhances the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and brightness to improve pictures taken in low-light environments.

“The Exynos 7 Series 9610 is our latest mobile processor that delivers on added power and speed,” said Ben Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “But more importantly, it sets a new performance standard for high-end devices with its deep learning vision-image processing solution and slow-motion video capabilities that change the way we engage with our mobile devices.”

An embedded Cortex-M4F-based low-power sensor hub allows always-on sensing applications that require instant feedback, such as gesture recognition or context awareness. This component efficiently manages the sensors in real-time without waking the main processor, explained Samsung.

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Supporting always connected and seamless mobile broadband connection, the chip has an embedded all-network LTE modem that supports Cat.12 3CA (carrier aggregation) at 600 megabits per second (Mbps) for downlink and Cat.13 2CA at 150Mbps for uplink.

The processor is also packed with wireless communication technologies such as high-throughput 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi, faster and longer range Bluetooth 5.0, and FM for radio. In addition, tha chip also embeds a 4-mode Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver that includes GPS (Global Positioning System), GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo.

The Exynos 7 Series 9610 is expected to be mass produced in the second half of this year.

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