Samsung reveals super-powerful new 5G chip that will power smartphones of tomorrow

A view of the Samsung Exynos 980 chip (Image: Samsung)

Samsung has unveiled a potentially groundbreaking new smartphone chip which packs a 5G modem and a powerful processor into a tiny space.

Its new Exynos 980 will allow smartphones to be slimmer and sleeker, without sacrificing grunt and power.

‘With the introduction of our 5G modem last year, Samsung has been driving in the 5G revolution and paved the way towards the next step in mobility,’ said Ben Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics.

‘With the 5G-integrated Exynos 980, Samsung is pushing to make 5G more accessible to a wider range of users and continues to lead innovation in the mobile 5G market.’

The chip uses ‘advanced 8-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology’ and is Samsung’s first artificial intelligence (AI) mobile processor with an integrated 5G modem.

This means the Exynos 980 ‘not only helps reduce power consumption but also increase the space efficiency within a device’.

It will work with most mobile data networks ranging from old-school 2G to cutting edge 5G.

Under the right conditions and with an excellent 5G reception, the chip will be able to download a whopping 2.55 gigabits of data every seconds.

Samsung added: ‘With powerful CPU and GPU on board, the Exynos 980 can run multiple apps, intricate UX designs and high-resolution graphic games effortlessly.

‘Packing two of the latest high-performance Cortex-A77 CPU cores and six efficient Cortex-A55 cores, the Exynos 980 can deliver the fast and complex computing power required in the 5G era.’

Finally, Samsung’s neutral processing unit (NPU) works 2.7 times faster than its predecessor. It will allow complex procedures such as user authentication (identifying the owner of a device), intelligent photography which automatically improves the quality of pictures and augmented reality.

Samsung added: ‘For advanced photography, the Exynos 980 delivers compelling camera performances with resolution support for up to 108-megapixels.

‘The advanced image signal processor (ISP) supports up to five individual sensors and is able to process three concurrently for richer multi-camera experiences.

‘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.’

The Exynos 980 is expected to begin mass production by the end of this year.


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