Samsung introduces its first 5G-integrated Exynos 980 Mobile Processor
Samsung has just announced its latest mobile processor, the Exynos 980. The processor is the South Korean tech giant’s first artificial intelligence (AI) mobile processor with an integrated 5G modem.
The 5G-enabled Exynos 980’s modem supports 2G to 5G networks, providing a fast gigabit downlink speed in 4G LTE and up to 2.55Gbps in sub-6-GHz 5G. The modem also supports E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity (EN-DC), which combines 2CC LTE and 5G connectivity to maximize mobile downlink speed of up to 3.55Gbps. In addition to that, the processor supports a new Wi-Fi 6 standard, IEEE 802.11ax, that provides better and faster internet.
The 8-nanometer (nm) Exynos 980 processor is packed with two of the latest high-performance Cortex-A77 CPU cores and six efficient Cortex-A55 cores. It also comes with Mali-G76 GPU, which offers ultimate 3D processing capabilities for realistic gaming and immersive mixed-reality experiences.
The Exynos 980, with a built-in neural processing unit (NPU) and digital signal processor (DSP), delivers artificial intelligence capabilities for intelligent assistant and pro-grade camera. It allows AI-powered tasks to be processed right on the device rather than off-loaded to a server. This results in a quicker response with better data privacy and security. Moreover, the NPU and DSP add enhancements to smartphone applications such as secure user authentication, content filtering, mixed reality, intelligent camera, and more.
For advanced photography, the processor features an advanced image signal processor (ISP). It supports up to five individual sensors and is able to process three sensors concurrently for richer multi-camera experiences. Plus, it also supports ultra-high resolution up to 108MP. Along with the NPU, the AI-powered camera is able to detect scenes or objects to make optimal adjustments to its settings, such as white balance, exposure, hue, saturation, sharpness and more.
Last but not least, the Exynos 980’s multi-format codec (MFC) supports encoding and decoding of 4K UHD video at 120 frames per second (fps). HDR10+ support with dynamic mapping also offers more detailed and illuminant colors in video content.
The Exynos 980 is expected to begin mass production by the end of this year.