Huawei brought some innovation into chip manufacturing when it announced the Kirin 970 chipset last year packing an independent Neural processing unit (NPU). The NPU brought genuine artificial intelligence capabilities to Huawei smartphones. The Chinese tech giant has announced that it would hold an event on August 31 at IFA Berlin 2018 where the next-generation Kirin 980 chipset will be announced.
Ahead of the IFA unveiling, Huawei has started sending out teasers which clearly confirm the Kirin 980 as the star product to debut on that day. The latest is a short video clip which suggests the next-gen chipset will come with yet another breakthrough in AI performance as well as the CPU and GPU aspects. Huawei had earlier released a video a couple of days back which points to a faster, smarter and stronger chipset. The major upgrades may also include reduced power consumption by the 7nm process, stronger CPU and GPU performance. The NPU is also upgraded to the second generation to promote more mobile AI scenarios and applications off the ground.
The Kirin 980 will be manufactured using the 7nm manufacturing process and will utilise four Cortex A76 cores and four Cortex A55 cores in an octa-core arrangement. It will come with a Mali GPU and a newer version of its NPU. Its clock speed is said to be about 2.8GHz. It will be Huawei’s first 7nm chipset and of course, it will square up against other expected 7nm chipsets such as Apple A12 expected to debut this year and Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 billed for the first quarter of 2019. According to Huawei’s Consumer business CEO, the Kirin 980 chipset will first feature onboard the Mate 20 series expected to launch in October this year. The CEO also stressed that the performance of this chip will be greatly improved, and will be far ahead of the Snapdragon 845.