Huawei launches Kirin 980, world's first commercial 7nm processor

Huawei Kirin 980 is the World’s First Commercial 7nm Chipset, To Power Mate 20 Series and Honor Magic 2

Graphics performance also gets a big boost with the Kirin 980 turning to the Mali-G76 as its GPU.

And the critical acclaim has also been mirrored by commercial success with Huawei revealing some big sales numbers for the P20 Pro.

At the ongoing IFA 2018, Huawei announced to 7nm Kirin 980 SoC with Dual NPU and Mali G73 GPU.

In the first five months on sale the Huawei P20 Pro and the P20 have sold a hugely impressive 10million units worldwide.

Also, we don't expect the Mate 20 to come with the same triple camera setup. As a result, the chip can be up to 40-percent more energy-efficient or deliver 20-percent better computational performance than the previous solution and should be significantly better than the now used Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810, though it remains to be seen how it fares against their upcoming successors.

The cutting-edge TSMC 7nm process technology enables Kirin 980 to pack 6.9 billion transistors within a 1cm per square die size, up by 1.6 times from the previous generation. The Kirin 980 can apparently recognise up to 4,600 images per minute, which is up 120 per cent compared to Kirin 970.




In regards to connectivity, the 980 has the world's first modem supporting LTE Cat.21, which has a peak download speed of 1.4Gbps.

Furthermore, the Kirin 980 supports common AI frameworks such as Caffee, Tensorflow and Tensorflow Lite, and provides a suite of tools that simplify the difficulty of engineering on-device AI, allowing developers to easily tap into the leading processing power of the dual NPU.

Starting from its basic block design, Huawei's the first with the Kirin 980 at two ends. The Cortex A76 is a one of a kind and mark ARM's first crucial step at trying to hit two birds with one stone, or should we say, core.

Since the Huawei P20 Pro was announced in March this year, the device has had a rollercoaster ride in terms of sales.

Compared to the previous generation 10nm process, the 7nm process delivers 20% improved SoC performance and 40% more efficiency, said Huawei which surpassed Apple to become the second-largest global smartphone seller behind Samsung in the second quarter of this year.

At first you might think Huawei made a decision to lead consumers with mimicking a leather background, similar to what Samsung did to the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 4 smartphones.

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