Huawei has announced its new Kirin 980 chipset at IFA 2018. The new 7nm system-on-chip is manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer Company and includes features like Dual-NPUs for AI processing.
The new Kirin 980 chipset consists of 6.9 billion transistors, which is an increase from last year’s 5.5 billion transistor count. The company claims that the Kirin 980 provides 20 per cent performance improvement and 40 per cent increased efficiency.
The Kirin 980 chipset consists of four Cortex-A76 cores; two high-efficiency and two high-performance combined with two extreme efficiency Cortex-A55 cores. The company claims that the new chipset is 75 per cent more powerful and 58 per cent more efficient than the Kirin 970 chipset.
For graphics-intensive workload, the Kirin 980 has a Mali-G76 GPU for gaming enthusiasts. According to Huawei, the new chipset provides 46 per cent greater graphics processing power than the previous generation chipset.
Speaking at the launch event, Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Mr Richard Yu said, “Last year, we showed the world the potential of On-Device AI with the Kirin 970, and this year, we’ve designed an all-round powerhouse that not only features outstanding AI capabilities but also brings cutting-edge raw performance to consumers. Equipped with all-new CPU, GPU and Dual NPU, the Kirin 980 is the ultimate engine to power the next-generation productivity and entertainment applications.”
The Kirin 980 also sports onboard AI support and an improved image processing units. With the two features combined, the company is bringing improvements to AI assisted photography in future flagships.
The chipset is expected to arrive with the Huawei Magic 2 and Mate 20 Pro smartphones later this year.