Chinese tech giant Huawei on Friday unveiled the world’s first commercial 7nm (nanometre) system-on-chip (SoC), the HiSilicon Kirin 980, equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) Abilities.
Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu announced the SoC, according to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer Company’s (TSMC) 7nm process, in his keynote address on the opening day of the IFA 2018 at Berlin.
When compared with the previous generation 10nm process, the 7nm process produces 20 percent enhanced SoC functionality and 40 percent more efficiency, said Huawei which surpassed Apple to become the second largest global smartphone seller behind Samsung in the second quarter of this year.
“Last year, we showed the world the potential of on-device AI using the Kirin 970 and this season, we have designed an all-purpose powerhouse which not only features outstanding AI capabilities, but also brings cutting off raw functionality to consumers,” Yu told the gathering, adding the new SoC has dual NPU (Neural Processing Unit).
The TSMC 7nm process technology enables Kirin 980 to pack 6.9 billion transistors within a”1 square cm perish size”up by 1.6 times from the preceding generation.
The Kirin 980 is also the very first SoC to market Cortex-A76 cores, which are 75 percent stronger and 58 percent more efficient in contrast to the preceding generation.
Within an octa-core configuration, the CPU in Kirin 980 is constituted of two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores; two high-efficiency Cortex-A76 cores; along with also two extreme efficacy Cortex-A55 cores, the company said.
Running at higher clock rates in comparison to the prior creation, Kirin 980 enables quicker program launch times, better multi-tasking and a generally smoother user experience, it added.
As graphics in mobile games are becoming increasingly more sophisticated in recent years, Huawei has incorporated the Mali-G76 GPU (graphics processing unit) into the Kirin 980 to provide improved gaming experiences.
Debuting with the Kirin 980 SoC, Mali-G76 provides 46 per cent higher graphics processing power in 178 percent enhanced power efficiency within the previous generation, according to Huawei.
Mali-G76 utilises AI to identify gaming workloads and adjust resource allocation for optimal gaming performance.
Kirin 980 supports ordinary AI frameworks such as Caffee, Tensorflow and Tensorflow Lite, and provides a package of applications that simplifies the difficulty of engineering on-device AI, enabling developers to easily tap in the leading processing power of the dual NPU. Kirin 980 adopts a fresh pipeline devoted to processing video captures, permitting the camera module to take videos using 33 percent shorter delay, Huawei informed.