The Chinese firm HUAWEI has now announced its latest SoC, the Kirin 990. This new chip will ship in two flavours likely the Kirin 990, and the Kirin 990 5G. These two chips are based on the same SoC design, but they are significantly different if compared.
The Kirin 990 5G: SOC with future touch
The Kirin 990 was designed using the same 7-nanometer EUV lithography process and has over 10 Bn transistors. Cpu is comprised of 2 high-performance Cortex-A76 cores, 2 medium performance cores, and 4 power-efficient cores running at (2.86, 2.36, and 1.95) GHz, respectively. Graphics, there’s a 16-core Mali G76 GPU with a built-in cache. This should manage a 6 per cent performance leap over the Adreno 640 found in Qualcomm’s SD 855.
The Kirin 990 5G is a truly unique design, that supports Sub-6 GHz 5G networks on both SA and NSA architectures. In order to keep the die size in check, Huawei is using TSMC’s latest 7nm manufacturing process with EUV. which helps in enabling a smaller die size. The 5G modem embedded into the mobile application processor can offer download speeds of up to 2.3Gbps and upload speeds of 1.25Gbps.
Kirin 990: Neural processing unit
The Kirin 990 is bagged with a dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Unit). That can perform advanced AI computation as it is based on the company’s in-house DaVinci NPU architecture. This will allow for continuous contextual AI computing. The flagship chipset also comes equipped with a Mali-G76 GPU for high gaming performance.
The Kirin 990 is expected to land on Huawei’s Mate 30 lineup, set to launch at London event later. There will also be a 4G-only variant for the mid-range segment.
The company also confirmed that the Kirin 990 will power the Mate 30 series that is set to launch on September 19. The company says the Mate 30-series will get the Kirin 990 5G and non-5G processors depending on 5G-ready markets.
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