Huawei’s Kirin 980 is the world’s first 7nm Chipset. The Kirin 980 chipsets are powerful and energy efficient. Chinese tech giant Huawei unveiled the world’s first commercial 7nm (nanometre) system-on-chip (SoC), the Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 980 on the opening day of IFA 2018. The Kirin 980 is fully equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities.
Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 980 Is An All-round powerhouse
Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO, Richard Yu announced the SoC in his keynote address on the opening day of the IFA 2018 in Berlin. The chipset is based on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer Company’s (TSMC) 7nm process. Furthermore, the Kirin 980 includes a second-generation Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU) for AI. The Kirin 980 is more powerful and energy-efficient than previous Kirin chipsets as it is designed and manufactured using the 7nm process.
At the event, Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO, Richard Yu stated that:
“Last year, we showed the world the potential of on-device AI with the Kirin 970 and this year, we’ve designed an all-around powerhouse that not only features outstanding AI capabilities but also brings cutting-edge raw performance to consumers”
He further added that:
“The Kirin 980 is the ultimate engine to power the next-generation productivity and entertainment applications”
Moreover, the Kirin 980 is the first SoC to embed Cortex-A76 cores. These cores are 75 percent more powerful and 58 percent more efficient as compared to the previous generation. Huawei has also integrated the Mali-G76 GPU into the Kirin 980 to deliver improved gaming experiences.
Kirin 980 supports common AI frameworks such as Caffee, Tensorflow, and Tensorflow Lite. A suite of tools allows the developers to easily tap into the leading processing power of the dual NPU.
Huawei further informed that:
“Kirin 980 adopts a new pipeline dedicated to processing video captures, allowing the camera module to shoot videos with 33 percent shorter delay”