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Huawei Launches Kirin 980, the World's First Commercial 7nm SoC


In his IFA 2018 keynote titled "The Ultimate Power of Mobile AI", Huawei
Consumer Business Group CEO Mr. Richard Yu introduced the Kirin 980, the
system on a chip (SoC) that will bring about the next evolution of
mobile AI. As the world's first commercial SoC manufactured with Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturer Company's (TSMC) 7nm process, Kirin 980
combines best-in-class performance, efficiency, connectivity features,
and Dual NPU AI processing power.

"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
features outstanding AI capabilities, and brings cutting-edge raw
performance to consumers," said Mr. Yu. "Equipped with all-new CPU, GPU
and Dual NPU, the Kirin 980 is the ultimate engine to power
next-generation productivity and entertainment applications."

Absolute Superiority

The cutting edge TSMC 7nm process technology enables Kirin 980 to pack
6.9 billion transistors within a 1cm2 die size, 1.6 times of
the previous generation. Compared to the 10nm process, the 7nm process
delivers 20 percent improved SoC performance and 40 percent improved SoC
power efficiency.

The Kirin 980 is the first SoC to embed Cortex-A76-based cores, which
are 75 percent more powerful and 58 percent more efficient compared to
their previous generation. The Kirin CPU subsystem uses an intelligent
Flex-scheduling mechanism that creates a 3-level energy efficiency
architecture consisting of two super-big cores based on Cortex-A76, two
big cores based on Cortex-A76, and four little cores Cortex-A55.
Compared with the traditional big.LITTLE design, this solution
designates the large high-performance cores to handle immediate,
intensive workloads; the large, high-efficiency cores to provide
sustained performance; and ultra-efficiency cores to tackle everyday,
light activities with extreme power efficiency. Kirin 980 enables
quicker app launch times, better multi-tasking and a generally smoother
user experience.

As graphics in mobile games have become more and more sophisticated in
recent years, Huawei has integrated the Mali-G76 GPU into the Kirin 980
to deliver unparalleled gaming experiences. Debuting with the Kirin 980,
Mali-G76 offers 46 percent greater graphics processing power at 178
percent improved power efficiency over the previous generation.

  • Industry's First "Dual-Brain" Power: The latest Kirin SoC
    represents a new era of On-Device AI. The Dual NPU Kirin 980 elevates
    the On-Device AI experience with greater processing power and
  • Full-Featured ISP: In pursuit of the best smartphone
    photography experience, Huawei integrated its proprietary
    fourth-generation ISP into the SoC.
  • World-Class Connectivity: To deliver the best connectivity to
    users of Kirin 980-powered devices, Huawei integrated the world's
    first modem supporting LTE Cat.21 with a peak download speed of

About Huawei Consumer BG

Huawei's products and services are available in more than 170 countries,
and are used by a third of the world's population. Fourteen R&D centers
have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India
and China. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei's three business units
and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, wearables and cloud services,
etc. Huawei's global network is built on almost 30 years of expertise in
the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest
technological advances to consumers around the world.

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*Specifications of Kirin 980 do not represent the specifications of the
phone using this chip.
All data and benchmark results are based on
internal testing. Actual results may vary.

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