HiSilicon Kirin 980 will get a Huawei-developed GPU

24 July 2018
Some details about the upcoming flagship SoC HiSilicon Kirin 980, which will be installed in Huawei smartphones, have been revealed. The new single-crystal platform will be much more powerful than its predecessor.Of course, like the Kirin 970, the novelty will have a neural processor. However, in the case of the new single-chip platform, we are talking about a second-generation neuromorphic processor, which will boast an improved performance/energy efficiency ratio. Production of the NPU was engaged in the same company as for the HiSilicon Kirin 970 - Cambricon Technologies. In addition, it is known that the new SoC will be produced by TSMC on the process 7 nm. The platform will contain four ARM Cortex-A55 and four ARM Cortex-A77 cores. The maximum clock frequency will be 2.8 GHz against its predecessor's 2.4 GHz. But the main innovation will be the use of its own graphics processor, which will replace the Mali family. It is expected that the GPU produced by Huawei in terms of performance will surpass the main competitor - Adreno 630, which is used in the SoC Qaulcomm Snapdragon 845, by 50%. In addition, the HiSilicon Kirin 980 will get LTE Cat. 19, which will allow downloading data over the mobile network at speeds of up to 1.6 Gbps. Most likely, the first devices with the new SoC Kirin 980 will be Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, which will be presented in September at the IFA 2018.