Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980 Launched as 'World's First Commercial 7nm SoC' at IFA 2018Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu declared the SoC, based on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer Company’s (TSMC) 7nm Procedure, in his keynote address on the opening day of this IFA 2018 at Berlin.

When compared with the previous generation 10nm process, the 7nm process produces 20 percent enhanced SoC performance and 40 percent more efficiency, stated Huawei which transcended Apple to function as second-largest international smartphone seller behind Samsung in the second quarter of the year.

“Last year, we showed the world the possibility of on-device AI with the Kirin 970 and this season, we’ve designed an all-round powerhouse which not only features outstanding AI capacities, but also brings cutting-edge raw performance to consumers,” Yu told the gathering, adding that the new SoC is equipped with double NPU (Neural Processing Unit).

“The Kirin 980 is the greatest motor to power the next-generation productivity and entertainment applications,” Yu added.

The TSMC 7nm process technology empowers 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 effective in contrast to the previous generation.

In an octa-core arrangement, the CPU at Kirin 980 is comprised of two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores; two high-efficiency Cortex-A76 cores; and two intense efficacy Cortex-A55 cores,” the company said.

Running at higher clock rates in comparison to the prior creation, Kirin 980 enables quicker app launch times, better multi-tasking and a generally smoother user experience, it included.

As graphics in mobile games are becoming increasingly more sophisticated in recent years, Huawei has integrated the Mali-G76 GPU (graphics processing unit) to the Kirin 980 to provide improved gaming experiences.

Debuting with the Kirin 980 SoC, Mali-G76 offers 46 percent higher graphics processing power in 178 per cent improved power efficiency over the previous generation, based on Huawei.

Mali-G76 utilises AI to intelligently 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 offers a package of applications that simplifies the difficulty of technology on-device AI, enabling developers to easily tap into the top processing power of their double NPU. Kirin 980 adopts a fresh pipeline devoted to processing movie captures, allowing the camera module to shoot videos using 33 percent shorter delay, Huawei informed.