Samsung’s Advanced Mobile Processor With Loads of Exciting Features

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To be launched soon, the chip gives a faster processing speed, excellent camera display, richer colour details and more

Samsung Electronics, a global leader in advanced semiconductor technology, has announced that the mass production its mobile processor, the Exynos 980, will begin by end of this year. The processing power of the chip combines best-in-class connectivity with an integrated 5G modem.

“With the introduction of our 5G modem last year, Samsung has been driving in the 5G revolution and paved the way towards the next step in mobility,” said Ben Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “With the 5G-integrated Exynos 980, Samsung is pushing to make 5G more accessible to a wider range of users and continues to lead innovation in the mobile 5G market.”

Fast processing speed

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Based on the FinFET (Fin Field Effect Transistor) technology, the Exynos 980 is Samsung’s first artificial intelligence (AI) mobile processor with an integrated 5G modem. Thus, the 5G-enabled processor chip helps reduce power consumption and occupies less space within a device. The modem supports 5G to 2G networks for a fast gigabit downlink speed in 4G LTE, with a speed of 2.55-gigabits per seconds (Gbps) in sub-6-gigahertz (GHz) 5G.

The modem also supports E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity (EN-DC), which combines 2CC LTE and 5G connectivity to maximise mobile downlink speed of up to 3.55Gbps. In addition, the processor supports a new Wi-Fi 6 standard, IEEE 802.11ax that provides faster speed and greater stability for online gaming and high-resolution video streaming over Wi-Fi networks.

The on-board CPU and GPU can run multiple apps, complex UX designs and high-resolution graphics effortlessly. Powered by 2 high-performance Cortex-A77 CPU cores and 6 Cortex-A55 cores, the Exynos 980 can deliver the fast and complex computing power required in the 5G era. For realistic and mixed-reality experiences, the processor also comes with the top-of-the-line Mali-G76 GPU.

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Enhanced AI features

The neural processing unit (NPU) features elevated performances of up to 2.7 times compared to its predecessor and is built into the Exynos 980 to provide new levels of on-device intelligence. With the NPU readily available on-chip, AI tasks are processed right from the device rather than off-loaded to a server, thereby providing better data privacy and security. The NPU adds enhancements to applications such as secure user authentication, content filtering, mixed reality, intelligent camera, and more.

Excellent camera display

For greater camera performance, the Exynos 980 supports a resolution of up to 108-megapixels (Mp). The advanced image signal processor (ISP) supports up to five individual sensors and is able to process three concurrently for richer multi-camera experiences. Along with the NPU, the AI-powered camera is able to detect its surroundings, according to which settings are adjusted.

Richer colour details

For an immersive multimedia experience, the Exynos 980’s multi-format codec (MFC) supports encoding and decoding of 4K UHD video at 120 frames per second (fps). HDR10+ support with dynamic mapping also offers more detailed and illuminant colors in video content.

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