Huawei has announced its latest flagship chipset, the HiSilicon 980, at IFA 2018. The latest chipset is the world’s first processor, which is based on the 7nm process.
The latest chipset from Huawei packs 6.9 billion transistors within a 1cm2 die size, which is 1.6 times more than its predecessor. The company claims that compared to the 10nm process, the 7nm process delivers 20 percent improved performance and 40 percent improved efficiency. It also comes loaded with Dual Neural Processing Unit (NPU). This support on-device AI. the Dual NPU results in an image recognition capability that is greater than the Kirin 970. 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.
The latest chipset is a first to feature Cortex-A76 based cores, which the company claims delivers 75 percent more power and 58 percent more efficiency as compared to the previous generation. It features an octa-core chipset with two ARM Cortex A76 high-performance cores clocked at 2.6Ghz, two ARM Cortex A76 cores clocked up to 1.92 GHz and four ARM Cortex A55 cores clocked up to 1.8Ghz for power efficiency.
The company has also integrated Mali-G76 GPU that offers 46 percent more graphics processing power at 178 percent improved power efficiency as compared to the previous generation. The latest GPU also features clock boosting technology that utilizes AI to identify gaming workloads to optimise gaming performance.
The new chipset also comes with company’s fourth-generation ISP into the chipset. The new ISP gives a 46 percent boost as compared to its predecessor to provide better multi-camera support and new HDR colour reproduction technology. The ISP features multi-pass noise reduction solution that removes artifacts without losing image details, which at the end improves low-light performance. It also features improved motion tracking through which it can recognise the subject with 97.4 percent accuracy. For connectivity, the brand has equipped the latest chipset with LTE Cat.21 modem with a peak download speed of 1.4Gbps.