Samsung announced its latest mobile processor, the Exynos 980 with integrated 5G modem and AI capabilities. The Exynos 580 is based on advanced 8-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology. With the integration of 5G modem, this processor is power efficient as well as saves space in the device. The modem supports 2G to 5G connectivity and has fast gigabit downlink speed in 4G LTE and up to 2.55-gigabits per seconds (Gbps) in sub-6GHz 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, the processor supports the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, IEEE 802.11ax, that provides faster speed and greater stability for seamless online gaming and smooth high-resolution video streaming over Wi-Fi networks.
The processor features two of the latest high-performance Cortex-A77 CPU cores and six efficient Cortex-A55 cores which can run multiple apps, intricate UX designs and high-resolution graphic games. The processor also comes with the Mali-G76 GPU.
From the predecessor, the Exynos 780’s neural processing unit (NPU) is elevated to deliver up to 2.7 times better performance. With the NPU readily available on-chip, AI tasks are processed right from the device rather than off-loaded to a server, thereby providing better data privacy and security. The NPU adds enhancements to applications such as secure user authentication, content filtering, mixed reality, intelligent camera, and more.
With regards to imaging, the Exynos 980 supports cameras with resolution up to 108-megapixels. The advanced image signal processor (ISP) supports up to five individual sensors and is able to process three concurrently. Along with the NPU, the AI-powered camera is able to detect and understand scenes or objects, according to which the camera will then make optimal adjustments to its settings.
For multimedia experience, the Exynos 980’s multi-format codec (MFC) supports encoding and decoding of 4K UHD video at 120 frames per second (fps) and HDR10+ support with dynamic mapping. The Exynos 980 is expected to begin mass production by the end of this year.