Kirin 980 Confirmed to Be Made on TSMC’s 7nm FinFET Process With Second-Gen AI Co-Chip in the Works

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May 8, 2018
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TSMC has a 7nm FinFET process that is already started getting a lot of attention from the manufacturers. Apple’s A12 SoC is going to be made on the same process for the three iPhone models landing this year and so will the Kirin 980. Huawei’s in-house silicon is expected to be found in the Mate series of flagships and it is going to be accompanied by a more capable AI chip.

TSMC has already defined that when compared to the previous-generation 10nm architecture, its 7nm process is expected to result in at least 20 percent better performance with 40 percent better power efficiency.

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Kirin 980 AI Chip Are Reportedly Adopting Cambricon’s Processor IP, Which Made the Kirin 970 AI Chip as Well

Cambricon’s processor IP brought AI capabilities to the Kirin 970 SoC, and according to a report from DigiTimes, the same thing is going to be taking place with the Kirin 980. While it has not been defined what the level of improvements are to be expected from the AI chip, it could bring similar features to the LG G7 ThinQ’s camera.

Cambricon’s new 1M AI chip was designed using TSMC’s 7nm process and the Kirin 980 SoC could debut during the fourth quarter of this year and shine inside the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.

A leaked benchmarking score revealed a glimpse of the Kirin 980’s performance, and we are sure in for a treat if these scores end up translating into real-world performance. Sadly Huawei hasn’t revealed much about its rumored Kirin 980 chipset. However, it is expected to be an octa-core chip that includes Cortex-A75 cores coupled with custom configurations.

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The GPU is also said to be a lot more powerful than that of its predecessor present inside the Kirin 970 that powers the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P20, and P20 Pro. The Kirin 980 could prove to be a force to reckon with. Qualcomm already views Huawei’s chip unit as a threat, and the Kirin 980 might redefine the market of the future.

The Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro might also sport a triple-camera setup but with possibly better imaging capabilities than the P20 Pro. Do you think such a thing will be possible? Let us know down in the comments.

Source: DigiTimes

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