Korean tech giant Samsung has just lifted the lid on its latest generation processor, and the chipset that will most likely power the upcoming – and much anticipated – Galaxy S10.
The Samsung Exynos 9820 is the first mobile processing chipset from the company made with 8nm process and boasts a dedicated Neural Processing Unit, a tri-cluster CPU, support for up to five camera sensors and 8K video capture. There’s also an integrated 4G LTE-Advanced Pro modem capable of hitting 2Gbps download speeds, and not a 5G modem as was hinted.
The big news here is the inclusion of a dedicated NPU, which works as a hardware-based AI accelerator which will allow the phone to perform AI-related tasks much faster than the Galaxy S9.
The chipset’s tri-cluster CPU configuration features two custom-designed CPU cores that Samsung has created itself internally. The other two clusters are two ARM Cortex-A75 CPU cores and four ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores. According to Samsung, this setup delivers 20 percent faster performance in single-core and 15 percent faster in multi-core. It’s also going to be around 40 percent more power-efficient. While it was expected that Samsung would make its own GPU this year, it has opted to include the ARM Mali-G76MP12, a 12-core GPU which delivers a 40 percent performance boost compared to the one inside last year’s Exynos 9810.
“As AI-related services expand and their utilization diversify in mobile devices, their processors require higher computational capabilities and efficiency,” said the superbly-named Ben Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “The AI capabilities in the Exynos 9 Series 9820 will provide a new dimension of performance in smart devices through an integrated NPU, high-performance fourth-generation custom CPU core, 2.0Gbps LTE modem and improved multimedia performance. The Exynos 9820 is an intelligent powerhouse with a separate hardware AI-accelerator, or NPU, which performs AI tasks around seven times faster than the predecessor. With the NPU, AI-related processing can be carried out directly on the device rather than sending the task to a server, providing faster performance as well as better security of personal information. The NPU will enable a variety of new experiences such as instantly adjusting camera settings for a shot based on the surroundings or recognizing objects to provide information in augmented or virtual reality (AR or VR) settings.”
The chipset is likely to face-off against Huawei’s Kirin 980 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855. Traditionally, Samsung uses its own Exynos chips in Galaxy flagships in certain regions in the world, with the US normally using Qualcomm’s chips. It remains to be seen if the Exynos will be included in every Galaxy S10 in the world, however. The Exynos 9820 may also be included in the much-hyped Samsung folding phone.