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November 21, 2018

Technology: Kirin 980 What is New

As a new upgraded chipset, what’s new on Kirin 980? In one sentence, it is the most powerful and intelligent chipset ever which has 6 world’s first.

Kirin 980 is a 64-bit high-performance mobile ARM LTE SoC designed by HiSilicon and introduced in late 2018. It is the most powerful and intelligent mobile AI chipset which integrates 6.9 billion transistors in an area of less than 1 square centimeter.

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As a new upgraded chipset, what’s new on Kirin 980? In one sentence, it is the most powerful and intelligent chipset ever which has 6 world’s first listed below:

What’s new?

1. It is the world's first 7nm process mobile phone SoC chipset.
2. It is the world’s first cortex-A76 based CPU architecture chipset.
3. It is the world’s first dual NPU design.
4. It is the world’s first mail-G76 GPU.
5. It is the world’s first chipset to support 1.4Gbps Cat.21 modem.
6. It is the world’s first SoC supporting 2133MHz LPDDR4X

That is to say, the Kirin 980 combines multiple technological innovations and leads the AI trend to provide users with impressive mobile performance and to create a more convenient and intelligent life. It not only optimizes the camera and game experience, but also improve the loading speed of apps.

what’s new on kirin980

With the above new features, Kirin 980 can support you achieve the following progresses:

1) Pioneered Performance

The Kirin 980 integrates 6.9 billion transistors in an area of less than 1 square centimeter which is a 1.6x fold increase in density* to empower better performance. This chipset is the first Cortex-A76 based in the world and has a 75% improvement in single core performance. The Kirin 980 also includes the world’s first commercial use Mali-G76 GPU performance is improved by 46%*. The LPDDR4X memory operates at speeds up to 2133 MHz. The fourth-generation ISP utilizes a multi-pass noise reduction to capture quality images and preserve important details. This ISP also has a dedicated video pipeline to effectively improve video clarity and reduce shooting delays by 33%*.

2) Remarkable efficiency

Kirin 980 can quickly adapt to AI scenes such as face recognition, object recognition, object detection, image segmentation and intelligent translation with the power of a dual-core NPU achieving 4500 images per minute which is an improved 120% recognition speed. So whether it's dancing to a fast song or quickly running in front of the camera, the Kirin 980 can focus on the joints and lines of the human body in real time. The powerful object detection capabilities can also accurately identify a variety of objects. In comparison to the Kirin 970, the Kirin 980 is an impressive leap from image recognition to object detection. The Kirin 980 sets the foundation for future AI capabilities by providing complete framework support and rich tool keys for App developers.

camera features supported by kirin980

3) Refined Intelligence

Kirin 980 can quickly adapt to AI scenes such as face recognition, object recognition, object detection, image segmentation and intelligent translation with the power of a dual-core NPU achieving 4500 images per minute which is an improved 120% recognition speed. So whether it's dancing to a fast song or quickly running in front of the camera, the Kirin 980 can focus on the joints and lines of the human body in real time. The powerful object detection capabilities can also accurately identify a variety of objects. Compared with the Kirin 970, the Kirin 980 is an impressive leap from image recognition to object detection. The Kirin 980 sets the foundation for future AI capabilities by providing complete framework support and rich tool keys for App developers.

4) Superior Connectivity

The Kirin 980 is the first to support LTE Cat.21 which supports the fastest downlink at 1.4 Gbps and offers a stable connection in congested areas like subways or high-speed rails. With the Hi1103, it supports a theoretical peak download speed of 1.7 Gbps and 160 MHz bandwidth, which is 1.7x the industry level*. The GPS is supported by industry leading L1 + L5 dual frequency ultra-precise positioning to give you a more accurate target location when using map navigation, even in complex terrains.